Teaching and Learning Workshop

Sunday 2 September 2018

University of Bath, UK

Organised by the UACES Teaching Working Group


The event is free, but registration is required.

The workshop is now full. Please email admin [at] uaces.org to join the waiting list.



This is a provisional programme and is subject to change.

13.45 - 14:00

Welcome and Introduction (CB. 3.1)

Led by Simon Usherwood (University of Surrey)

14:00 – 14:45

Workshop Session 1

Room 3.1: Workshops A and B (see key below)

Room 3.6: Workshop C


Coffee Break


Workshop Session 2

Room 3.1: Workshops B and E

Room 3.6: Workshop D


Roundtable: How to Engage Learners

Chair: Christopher Huggins (University of Suffolk)


  • Michael Hill (The New School, New York)
  • Cathy Elliott (University College London)

Following the Teaching Workshop the UACES AGM will take place between 17:00 and 18:00 in CB. 3.1.

All UACES members are welcome to attend.

Workshop Sessions

A: Managing Students' Expectations in the Classroom: Language, Materials and Teaching Environment

Changes in Higher Education have made many academics face the consideration of students as ‘customers’ with increasing ‘demands’. Have you experienced the phrase ‘ I am paying X for my degree, so I expect Y’? This workshop will discuss the expectations of students with regard to their learning environment, the materials we provide, and the language used. The aim is to find best ways to address their ever-increasing challenging demands. — Rosa Fernandez (University of Chester)

B: Exploring Writing Assessment Formats in European Studies

The advancement of IT technology brought a new horizon for teaching and learning, and yet, this very availability of information seems to limit the level of written assignments. This workshop aims to explore a handful of writing assessment formats from the Oxford-style unassessed short literature surveys to the American-style research term papers. We also brainstorm the ways to incorporate multimedia into traditional writing assessments. — Tom Hashimoto (ISM University of Management and Economics / University of Oxford)

C: Teaching EU Foreign Policy via Problem-Based Learning

This workshop will take a hands-on look at the application of problem based learning to the teaching of EU foreign policy. It will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the approach from its practical application in a recent classroom setting at UCD Dublin and offer lessons learned from that experience. — Ben Tonra (University College Dublin)

D: Developing Students as More Active Learners: Politics and Policy in Action

This workshop presents a new unit ‘Politics and Policy in Action’: a continuously assessed active learning exercise allowing students to develop and demonstrate key employability skills. After a short introduction, participants will spend fifteen minutes working in groups to consider how embedding employability skills into a mainstream politics unit might be used within their own programmes of study. Finally during a plenary participants will share and discuss ideas. — Karen Heard-Laureote and Mark Field (University of Portsmouth)

E: Why Bother? Learning (and Teaching) about European Union Politics

Teaching a course on European integration to students graduating in academic areas other than Politics and/or International Relations is challenging because it faces the general difficulties of debating citizenship and political participation with young people.  Strategies for overcoming their lack of motivation and political awareness, such as debates in class on the European ‘agenda’ as presented in the daily news, will be debated in this workshop. —  Claudia Ramos (Universidade Fernando Pessoa)