My teaching repertoire covers a wide range of introductory courses as well as research seminars dealing with questions of current academic discourses.
- BA: Comparative Politics
- MA: Democracy and Research Methods
- MA: MA Thesis Lab
Comparative and International Politics
- Comparative Politics (Warwick)
- Contemporary Themes in Comparative Politics (Warwick)
- Challenges of Democracy and Democratization (St.Gallen)
- Socialization Processes in and through International Institutions (Lucerne)
- External Democracy Promotion. Instruments and Strategies (Lucerne)
- Art and Democracy (St.Gallen)
- Europe and Populism (St.Gallen)
- European Integration (ETH Zurich, Lucerne, Berne, FU Berlin, Heidelberg)
- The Political System of the European Union (Lucerne, FU Berlin, Heidelberg)
- The External Relations of the European Union (ETH Zurich, Berne)
- Europeanization in Comparative Perspective (Lucerne)
- Justice and Home Affairs in the European Union (JMU Florence)
- Quantitative Data Analysis and Interpretation (Warwick)
- Qualitative Methods (Warwick)
- PhD Methods Seminar (St.Gallen)
- 4th Swiss Summer School Democracy Studies "Democratization in a globalized and mediatized world", 26-30 June 2017 (St.Gallen)
- ‘Global Challenges and Global Governance: Climate Change’, autumn term 2007 (Lucerne)
My teaching philosophy reflects my interests in collaborative authorship as I prefer student-centred teaching that encourages learning by both students and teachers. I am very much interested in working with students, and to contribute to and develop research-based teaching in my areas of expertise.
My interest in innovative teaching is reflected in course offerings including elements of playful learning. Playful learning is a form of learning where students may learn by trial and error, by role-playing and by treating a certain topic not as ‘content’ but as a set of rules, or a system of choices and consequences, as I explain here. One example of how I use elements of playful learning in my teaching is the seminar “Art and Democracy” that was first taught in the spring term 2017. Deconstructing a core concept of political and societal life – democracy – through visual art, the seminar aims at sharpening our perception of democratic processes and structures in society. We first discuss theoretical models of democracy, then engage with art on the HSG campus, before we finally practice how to express our dialogue with democratic realities through collage and paintings. The seminar is designed and implemented together with Rebecca Welge and Friedhelm Welge.
My significant experience in teaching and mentoring at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels has been recognized as equivalent merit to the 2-year part-time, practice-based Masters level programme in academic and professional practice (PCAPP), obligatory for staff with teaching responsibilities at the University of Warwick.