We offer help and guidance for Political Science teachers by providing a repository of materials on our website, publishing studies in journals and books, and disseminating news about publications, conferences, awards, etc. through our mailing list.
Since 2012 we have organized a summer school for teachers from Social Science disciplines. The school includes topics such as course design and lesson planning, course alignment, teaching large and small groups, supervising student work, online teaching and learning, using IT for learning, engaging in scholarship of teaching and learning, etc. As part of the summer school, all participants design and present a plan of enhancing their course and receive feedback on it. A call for applications is usually released 9 months in advance of the summer school.
Currently we are preparing a design for a new mentoring program for Political Science teachers.
Our group convenes panels focused on teaching and learning. We have organized sections and panels at ECPR conferences in Hamburg (2018), Oslo (2017), Prague (2016), Montreal (2015), Glasgow (2014), Bordeaux (2013), Reykjavik (2011) and Potsdam (2009) discussing issues including teaching research skills/methods, developing quality assessment, innovating political science education or using IT in teaching.
In 2014 we introduced a new conference entitled European Conference on Teaching and Learning Politics, IR and European Studies. The purpose of this conference is to provide an opportunity for exchange, discussion and reflection about questions surrounding teaching and learning in the discipline. The first conference, jointly organized by BISA, ECPR, PSA and UACES, took place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in June 2014, and was attended by more than 80 delegates from 16 countries. The second and third conferences took place in Brussels and Prague respectively. Our next conference is going to take place in 2020.
In July 2015, our candidate overtook editorial responsibilities of the Teaching and Training section of European Political Science.
To find out more about us, please see our leaflet.