May 2016. Teaching Exchange. University of Pompeu Fabra.
"Citizenship in a Global Context"
January 2014 – December 2014: Non-Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
Theory of Politics, History of Political Thought.
January 2009 – Sept 2010. University of KwaZulu-Natal: Philosophy Tutor.
Introduction to Philosophy, Ways of Reasoning & Logic, Jurisprudence.
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I have had the privilege to teach in diverse circumstances, both at the University of Oxford and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. My experience therefore ranges from one-on-one tutorials to being a part of a team tutoring medium sized groups within a class of four hundred. These different circumstances require different approaches but are underpinned by one teaching philosophy.
My teaching philosophy is based on what Toohey (1999:55-59) terms the ‘cognitive approach’ to learning. The cognitive approach focuses on allowing students to develop their intellectual capacities and an understanding of the way of thinking a field requires. The emphasis is on learning to reason carefully and thoroughly toward persuasive arguments, as well as being able to critically analyse arguments within others’ work.
At the same time, another central aim of my teaching is to encourage students to be open to engaging with new ideas and self-reflection on their own positions. This methodology suits the field of political theory, as, at its heart, philosophy is about thinking logically, clearly and with an open mind. My teaching philosophy is therefore not to view teaching as the passing on of knowledge but rather as the development of skills and igniting or fuelling a passion for learning.