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Teaching Experience

In July 2009 I co-organised and hosted a training session for postgraduates about to start teaching for the first time. Following the workshop, I produced a website summarising the event. For further details on 'Introduction to Teaching for Postgraduates in Arts and Humanities', please click here.

 

2009 - Present: Seminar tutor in History, University of Warwick

 

The Medieval World: first-year undergraduate core course. A survey course covering the later medieval and Renaissance periods (c.800-1500). A thematic approach to society, concentrating on overarching structures and units of analysis: feudalism, kinship and gender, the economy, the medieval church, intellectual and cultural change, and government and warfare, including the crusades and contact with the wider world. For this course original documents are an integral part of the module, enabling students to hone their analytical and critical faculties. Taught in small seminar groups (7-9 students).

 

2008 - Present: Discussion convenor/ seminar leader, University of Warwick

 

Methods and Approaches to History: MA core module. Taught in large groups (10-15 students). This tackles the theoretical frameworks that inform historical writing. Students consider the 'lenses' that can be applied in historical study (macro and micro history, subalterns); the guises that power might take (politics, discourse); materialities (production, consumption, material culture); the factors that contribute to identity (bodies, gender, race, class); and the characteristics of communities (religion, nation, memory and public spheres). My role is to facilitate discussion and to ensure that sessions are inclusive, and cater for differing levels of prior training, as well as for the broad research interests of the postgraduate community.

 

2006 - Present: Seminar tutor in History, University of Warwick

 

The European World, c.1500-1700: second-year undergraduate core course. A survey course that focuses on the main themes and events during the period, providing a broad international context for understanding historical developments. It provides an overview of European society in the early modern period: social and economic structures and change; the Protestant and Catholic Reformations and their consequences; changes in elite and popular cultures, including the scientific revolution; contact with Asia and the Americas; systems and problems of governancel and the development of 'absolutism'. Specific national development is also examined: for example the Reformation in Germany, the British civil wars or the statecraft of Louis XIV. Taught in small groups (7-9 students), where teaching involves tasks and activities designed to stimulate group discussion. I cover a wide breadth of subjects, many outside of my own speciality, and my duties include writing and delivering lectures, assessing essays and exams, and providing regular feedback tutorials with individual students.

 

2008: Personal mentor, University of Warwick

 

Providing pastoral and organisational support for a disabled MA student.

 

Crusaders, artwork from 1200s 

 

 

Execution of Charles I

 

 

Pieter Aertsen, Market Scene