Teaching Politics and International Relations to the next generation of students

The 1st European Conference on Teaching and Learning Politics, International Relations and European Studies

Jointly organized by BISA, ECPR, PSA and UACES

Maastricht, 26-27 June 2014

What does it mean to teach Politics, International Relations (IR), or European Studies (ES) to the next generation of students, what should it mean for future students to learn Politics, International Relations, or European Studies? What are the opportunities of educating the next generation of a knowledge society? But also what challenges will Politics, IR and ES instructors encounter, considering the overburdening availability of (electronic) information and the growing demand for skills-based education? Next to those global trends in higher education, there are also specific features of European Higher Education that need careful consideration: the Bologna process, the employability discourse, or the raising concern with fees to mention just a few.

The aim of this conference is to bring together members of existing teaching and learning networks (ECPR, PSA, BISA and UACES) and to provide an opportunity for exchange, discussion and reflection about those questions and about teaching and learning Politics, International Relations or European Studies to future generations of students in more general terms.

Contributions are welcome on any topic of teaching and learning, but we would like to encourage participants to consider the following questions:

  • In what respect is there a “new” generation of  students? In what manner are current and future students different: in terms of their expectations, needs, and demands?
  • How to react and integrate the demand for skills and employability in everyday teaching?
  • Who should ensure students´ motivation, and how can this be achieved?
  • How to remember what it means to learn ourselves?
  • How to harness the potential for active engagement in Politics and IR teaching?
  • What role for Politics, IR, or ES to provide counter-balance to increasing disenchantment with politics among younger generations of citizens?

More details and how to submit your idea for the various activities please see under tab “call for contributions” above.

A limited number of travel grants, especially for (post-) graduate students and junior faculty, will be available, subject to selection based on conference involvement and financial resources . In order to facilitate a variety of exchange possibilities, the conference set-up will integrate a variety of activities.

Please feel free to contact the local organizing team with any ideas, questions or observations.

Local organizing team:

Convening Networks:


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  • Helen Drake, UACES, the academic association for Contemporary European Studies: http://uaces.org


We also thankfully acknowledge the kind financial and organisational support of the




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