Noah Zerbe photoAn education in political science should achieve two central goals. First, it should expose students to the substantive material of the field in order to develop a deeper understanding of the relations and institutions necessary to explore questions central to the study of politics. Second, and more importantly, it develops in students the skills necessary to be informed citizens. It is important that students both master the course material and develop the skills necessary to critically assess and evaluate international events. While the majority of my classes are lecture format, I actively seek to integrate greater opportunities for student participation. Lectures represent the most efficient way to convey large quantities of information to students and achieve the first goal of a political science education, but they do not always present the greatest opportunities for learning or the most effective learning environment. Consequently, I enjoy exploring other methods of instruction, including small-group discussion, e-participation, group projects, simulations and student presentations, which can compliment lectures in large classes.

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Courses I’ve taught:

  • PSCI 110: American Government
  • PSCI 230: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PSCI 240: Introduction to International Relations
  • PSCI 303:Third World Politics
  • PSCI 330: African Politics
  • PSCI 330: International Political Economy
  • PSCI 376: Multilateralism and the United Nations System
  • PSCI 377: Model United Nations
    For more information on my Model United Nations course, visit the course website.
  • PSCI 464: Technology and Development
  • PSCI 485: Food Politics
  • PSCI 630: Comparative Environmental Policy
  • PSCI 680: Globalism, Capitalism, Environment
  • INTL 310: Global Economics and Politics