Teaching

 

My teaching interest lies within the area of European Studies and International Relations.

I have accumulated most of my teaching experience at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University (UM) where I have worked since 2015. I have contributed to teaching content-related courses (such as International Relations, External Relations) and skills-related courses (Negotiations, Analysing Research Design) in the Bachelor European Studies Programme. I was also involved in the course-design of Policy Domains (ENP) and Area Studies (Moldova).

On occasions, I have contributed with my research expertise in the Research Master ES, where I have presented it both from a content and a methodology perspective. I also have experience in supervising theses at graduate (MA ES) and undergraduate level (BA ES).


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Courses on content

EU Politics (Bachelor year 1)

In this course students acquire a basic understanding of the EU and train their academic thinking about the European integration, the EU institutional framework and current challenges. The course covers the period from the European integration process in the late 1990s, through major changes from the Maastricht Treaty and subsequent treaty revisions to the Lisbon Treaty. During the course, students also investigate the institutions of the European Union, their tasks and their main modes of interaction in making policies.

EU External Relations (Bachelor year 3)

The objective of this course is to offer an introduction into the nature of EU external relations, the actors, instruments and the interaction with the wider international context. Students learn to apply this knowledge through class debates that bring theory and current political processes together.

International Relations (Bachelor year 2)

The course’s main rationale is to provide for an introduction to the main issues, actors and processes in IR today. Through weekly discussions of content course material and critical engagement with latest news, students accumulate knowledge and learn how to ‘read’ events and analyse them through different theoretical/conceptual lenses.

Policy Domains (Public Policy) (Bachelor year 2)

Through an in-depth case study of a particular EU policy and its legal instrument, this course gives students a comprehensive insight into the study of EU policy-making from both a historical and contemporary perspective. I teach on the European Neighbourhood Policy as policy domain.

Comparative Politics and Government (Bachelor year 2)

This course introduces students to the main institutions of representative democracy. Even though democratic government is currently the norm in Europe, there is no uniform mode in how the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of government interact. in this course we examine how the important institutional differences among European countries extend to other aspects of the polity such as electoral systems, civil service cultures, political parties, and forms of interest representation. This course prepares students not only to understand how institutions interact but also how they reflect different ideas about the best way to govern a country. 

Area Studies (Moldova) (Bachelor year 2)
This course aims to enhance the ability of the students to conduct single case-study research and to write an individual academic paper, under the guidance of a staff member. It aims at enhancing  knowledge and understanding of (current) social, economic, political or cultural life in a specific “area”, i.e. country.

 

Courses on skills

Negotiation skills (Bachelor year 2)

This eight-week skills training course is organised around three simulation games, which allow students to improve their negotiation skills and to better understand the practicalities of decision-making processes in Brussels.

Analysing Research Design skills (Bachelor year 1)

The course objectives are the following:
1. To train students in their ability to identify, in an academic text, the steps involved in the development of a research design;
2. To train students in their ability to critically assess academic research with regard to research design and research methods.
3. To introduce students to the skills they need to acquire before they are being able to write their Bachelor Thesis.

 

Designed tutorials:

Policy Domains (the European Neighbourhood Policy)

Area Studies (Moldova)


THESIS SUPERVISION

Thesis supervision falls within the International Relations and European Studies discipline with case-studies on the European Neighbourhood Policy, Russia and the EU, the Balkans and the EU, EU foreign policy, EU external governance, Europeanization, diplomacy.

I offer academic guidance and advice to undergraduate/bachelor and postgraduate/master-level students.