Conference: Teaching politics in our universities: inspiring, inciting and enlightening

Posted on behalf of Dr Clodagh Harris (UCC)


The PSAI specialist group on teaching and learning in politics is holding an event in the NUI offices, 49 Merrion Square on Friday September 18th 2015. To register for the event, please contact Stefanie Wojtek at before 13:00 September 17th. The event is co-funded by the PSAI and the National Forum for the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education.

The programme for the day is available below.

09:45: Registration

10:00: Introduction: Dr Clodagh Harris & Dr Bríd Quinn (co-convenors the PSAI teaching and learning specialist group)

Keynote Address: Professor John Craig (School of Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences, Leeds Beckett University) ‘Linking academic study and practice’

Presentation: PSAI Teaching & Learning prizes 2014

11.30: Tea & Coffee:

11:45: Roundtable: Why teaching and learning politics is important for society.

Chair: Professor David Farrell (UCD), President of the PSAI

Professor Sarah Moore (UL): Chair of the National Forum for the enhancement of Teaching & Learning in higher education.

Mr Noel Whelan– Barrister and Political Columnist

Senator Fiach MacConghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre

Ms Lorraine McIlrath, Community Knowledge Initiative co-ordinator (NUIG), co-founder Campus Engage.

Ms Michelle O’Donnell-Keating, Co-founder of Women for Election and teaching-fellow DCU.

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2:00: Showcase: Innovative approaches to teaching and learning politics

2:00 Dr Clodagh Harris (UCC) & Dr Bríd Quinn (UL) The state of the profession: Overview of teaching, assessment and professional development praxis in Ireland’s politics departments

2:15 Dr Chris McInerney (UL) Into the Secret Garden – Using Problem Based Learning to cultivate engagement with politics and public administration

2:30 Dr John Hogan (DIT) and Dr Sharon Feeney (DIT) Using drawings to create a critical and collaborative learning space in the study of Irish politics

2:45 Dr Theresa Reidy (UCC) and Ms Fiona Buckley (UCC) Tweets, Tweeting and the Political Science Classroom

3:00Dr Adrian Kavanagh (NUI Maynooth) Teaching politics through Geography: Role-play, print media/social media and critical assignments




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