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Autumn School on Teaching and Learning Politics

Empowering educators in times of change

21 – 25 October 2024, Maastricht University


Applications are now closed.

Our Standing Group on Teaching and Learning Politics presents its Autumn School connecting students from Europe and beyond with leading scholars committed to pedagogical excellence in political science.


Held in collaboration with Maastricht University, the Autumn School of our Standing Group on Teaching and Learning Politics is a dynamic learning hub for early career educators – including PhD students, postdocs and teaching fellows – and senior academics looking to enhance their teaching skills.

Teaching and learning in times of change

Every era presents its challenges. and education is no exception. The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of digital technologies and remote learning methods, prompting the much-needed reflection on the benefits of on-campus education. The climate crisis, international conflicts and increased attention to diversity and inclusivity posed new challenges to constructive dialogue in the classroom.

A myriad of questions arise: Are students still showing up for typical on-campus lectures? What should we do online and what works best on campus? How can we create a safe educational environment to discuss contentious issues?

Empowering educators

While navigating these changes, it is also important to acknowledge that the fundamentals of good teaching remain unphased. Uncritical use of educational technology can equally alienate students or inhibit their learning. Principles of good class management retain their value both online as well as on campus. 

The challenge of formulating a teaching style that works for yourself and your students can be daunting.  This Autumn School is designed to offer political science educators the knowledge and skills to develop an effective strategy amidst technological, political and sociological developments.

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What to expect

Each day of the programme will focus on a specific theme: Course Design, Lecturing, Assessment, Supervision, and Tutorials & Workshops. Over the course of five days, you will:

  • Participate in interactive workshops;
  • Enjoy demonstrations and field trips;
  • Experiment with different digital tools and platforms;
  • Explore strategies for fostering meaningful on-campus engagement.

The School will also set up a Repair Café which provides a setting for participants to share problems or challenges that they encounter in their teaching practice, which the group would try to 'repair'. All participants will be asked to submit one such problem before the start of the School.

What you will learn

  • Active learning pedagogies;
  • Blended learning;
  • Assessment (and AI);
  • Games and simulations;
  • Interactive (online) lecturing.

Applications and fees

The School is designed primarily for early-career teachers (PhDs, postdocs and teaching fellows) and senior academics looking to improve their teaching skills.

A registration fee of €315 applies and includes instruction and supervision, field trips and social events, as well as lunch and coffee breaks (with the geographically Indi protected "Limburgse Vlaai").

To apply, submit your CV and a short motivation letter (max 250 words) by Wednesday 15 May 2024.

Partial or incomplete applications will not be processed. Late applications will not be accepted.

You will receive an email regarding the outcome of your application by mid-June 2024 and invited to register if your application is successful.

Please keep in mind that your registration will only be confirmed once your application has been accepted and full payment has been received.


  • Johan Adriaensen Maastricht Universiteit
  • Hillary Briffa Kings College London
  • Agnes Simon Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University
  • Nadia Laouini University of Leicester
  • Adrian Millican Durham University
  • Stephan Engelkamp Kings College London

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