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Oxford Teaching

At Oxford, I provided tutorials on the core international relations paper for the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics course (IR214) to Exeter College students and Williams College students who are on exchange. I also provided some of the core IR214 lectures. (On Oxford’s iTunes U?)

For those who are not familiar with the Oxford-Cambridge tutorial system, I taught weekly seminars to groups of one, two or three students on a specific subject. My students each wrote a 2000 word essay every week (which I marked) and we would discuss the essay and the readings in our tutorial together. For those who have not experienced it, it is a fantastic way to learn! (Here is an example of a tutorial with Walter Mattli at St. John’s college.)

In addition, my students attended issue-specific lectures each week given by subject experts. There are normally 50-150 students at each lecture. I was part of the team that provided the international relations lectures.

At the end of their third year, Oxford students write final examinations across all the subjects that they have taken during their entire degree.

For students who want practical advice on doing well in the Politics and International Relations Final Exams, please refer to the handout that I created for the Oxford Women in Politics seminar (8 May 2012): How to get a First in Politics and IR.

Right before I left Oxford, I also co-convened (with Anne Davies) a course entitled ‘The Organisation and Practice of Government’ for the new Blavatnik School of Government. It was designed as an interdisciplinary core course that brought together law and politics for the MPP students. Sadly, I left Oxford before I had the chance to teach it.

The Organisation and Practice of Government course will prepare students to be effective and critical participants in developing public policy for diverse contexts. Each week, students will be expected to tackle a real-world problem – how should a state such as Myanmar make the transition to democracy? What effective anti-corruption policies should be adopted in Liberia? How has international law shaped states’ use of the death penalty? – through readings, classes and seminar presentations and discussions. Students will be expected to apply a variety of conceptual and methodological frameworks, drawn primarily from the disciplines of politics and law, to these problems, and to engage with the policy process from multiple perspectives including those of national governments, international and intergovernmental organisations, civil society, and private actors.

Finally, I worked with Nick Lovegrove and an all-star team at McKinsey to develop a Strategy and Communications practicum for the MPP program.

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