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Teaching

I have been teaching continuously at the University of Edinburgh since 2016. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and have completed the two-year Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Higher Education) at the Moray House School of Education and the Institute for Academic Development, both at the University of Edinburgh.

My duties include planning & leading one-hour tutorials with 12-15 students, preparing lesson plans and worksheets, assigning group tasks, moderating discussions, moderating online discussion boards, providing written feedback, meeting with students, grading participation, essays, & exams, and writing letters of reference for postgraduate study.

Courses taught:

PLIT08011: Political Thinkers (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) Political Thinkers introduces students to the main arguments and claims made by the most influential thinkers on politics, whose work continues to inform current thought and practice. Through studying the writings of these important thinkers, students will consider the fundamental questions of politics, broadly conceived: how should we conceive of the proper scope of politics itself; which political institutions are justified and why; is there a duty to obey a government and its laws? Students will study the primary works of the selected thinkers, and engage with a range of debates and controversies about their arguments in the secondary literature. The course aims to provide a balance between canonical thinkers in the Western tradition and those who provide an alternative global or critical perspective on political thought.

PLIT10021: War & Justice (2017) When can we legitimately go to war? When we are attacked? In order to intervene in the domestic affairs of another country on the grounds that this best serves our national interest? Once we are at war, can we do anything that is necessary to win, or are there moral restrictions on what we can do? For example, can we use nuclear weapons? Can we tortured suspected terrorists? Can we target civilians, in the hope to undermine their government? The course addresses those issues, fron a normative, philosophical perspective.

PLIT10018: International Political Economy (2020) The course begins with a review of the principal theoretical approaches to the study of international political economy. It then examines the major issue areas in the post-World War 2 global economy, including: trade, transnational corporations, international finance including debt crises; international finance, development, globalization and regionalization.

PLIT08004: Introduction to Politics and International Relations: Study Skills (2016, 2017) Introduction to Politics and International Relations introduces conceptual material relevant to both politics and international relations students, such as the state, sovereignty, legitimacy, democracy, and power, together with relevant examples.

Academic Skills Development (2021) Study skills sessions for first-year undergraduates across social science run by the School of Social and Political Science's Student Development Office.