Teaching

In the fall of 2010, I taught all first-year politics students at both Gonville and Caius College and Selwyn College, Cambridge University, for the paper Analysis of Modern Politics I:

To provide a structured introduction to some of the ideas and concepts that are necessary to understand modern politics; to consider twelve central political themes and ideas through particular texts and to understand their implications for understanding the practical politics of particular places in the modern world; to encourage students to see the continuing dependence of many aspects of modern political life on conceptions shaped in the European and American pasts…

The paper covers both empirical and theoretical subjects. It is ordinarily taught by the colleges’ Director of Studies.

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In the spring of 2010, I taught in the politics department at Cambridge University for the course Politics of the International Economy:

This paper looks at the politics of states that participate in the international economy. It considers the political opportunities and the political constraints that participation in different kinds of international economies create for politicians and bureaucrats in very different circumstances. It tries to put today’s debates about the nature of the international economy and its implications for modern politics in a historical context and to use that historical understanding of both the arguments about economic life and the decisions governments have made about how to deal with international economic questions to illuminate different aspects of the domestic and international politics of a wide range of modern nation-states today.

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In the Spring semester of 2009 at Harvard, I taught two sections (roughly two dozen students) on The Origins of Modern Wars, lectured by Stephen Walt.

This course explores the causes of war. It examines the different theories that have been devised to explain organized violence between states (or groups seeking to control a state), and evaluates these competing theories by exploring several major conflicts of the past 100 years: World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the recent wars in the Persian Gulf. The course also considers the phenomenon of ethnic conflict, the implications of nuclear weapons and the question of whether large-scale war is becoming “obsolescent.”

As well as creating teaching material – maps, timelines, diagrams and charts – for the sections, I marked and assessed all the work of the students for lettered grades. In the course of teaching, I was taped for assessment by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.

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During 2006-7, I was a supervisor [tutor] at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. I taught first-year economics students Political and Sociological Aspects of Economics, covering among other things the history of the international economy, economic crises, and British political economy. The teaching involved independently setting and marking a series of essays, providing extensive feedback to students and the college, planning and running hour-long supervision sessions for groups of one or two students, and preparing the students for the Cambridge Tripos examinations.

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