Call for Papers: Teaching Politics and IR: 'the state of the discipline'
2nd PSA Learning and Teaching Conference, Leeds, UK 8 & 9 September 2009
Teaching and Learning issues are central to the student experience and increasingly assessed by external bodies (NSS, League Tables etc). Increasing resources are being spent on training new teachers and providing staff development for more experienced colleagues. However, much of the material can be generic rather than subject specific or else focused almost exclusively on innovations. There is not always scope to discuss broader challenges.
This conference intends to fill that gap in relation to teaching and learning in Politics and IR. It takes a state of the discipline approach to the topic by offering the chance for colleagues to present a range of papers that promote greater understanding of cutting-edge approaches, techniques, and methodologies for the politics and IR tutors, whilst also discussing the broader themes and challenges in teaching and learning. This will allow an audit of what goes on 'normally' in terms of Politics teaching and we hope give the conference a broad appeal.
We would therefore welcome papers on all aspects of teaching and learning in Politics and International Relations, which we define very broadly! In particular, we would welcome papers from colleagues new to teaching (including colleagues undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education or equivalent).
We would also hope to publish a selection of the papers.
Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted to Dr. Simon Lightfoot (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Cathy Gormley- Heenan email@example.com by end of May 2009.
Accepted papers notified by end of June
Registration details will be sent out in due course.
Dr. Cathy Gormley- Heenan
School of Policy Studies
University of Ulster
N. Ireland Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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