My Teaching Philosophy
I have been teaching various modules and courses for the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for 11 years in different higher education institutions in Italy, UK, and the US. I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy in the UK which is an international recognition of a commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education and demonstrates that the teaching practice is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). I demonstrate commitment to teaching, learning, and the student experience through engagement in practical process.
My objective as a lecturer is to motivate my students and play a crucial role to develop their own learning interests, critical thinking, and analytical skills. I am committed to teaching innovation and creating an inclusive space for my students. I believe that teaching and research should go hand in hand. This is the reason that my approach to teaching revolves around the mutual relationship between research and teaching. I give a strong emphasis on theory, policy, and practice while teaching my subject. One of my main aims is to ensure that the students acquire a firm grounding in research methodology. I encourage my students to embrace an empirical approach and produce critical knowledge. This method enables them to develop analytical skills necessary to interpret both quantitative and qualitative data and address everyday political, social, philosophical, and cultural debates broadly. I employ interdisciplinary teaching approach to help students explore the interactions between the state and non-state forces, oppression and resistance, policy and politics, history and contemporary political and social problems.
I received formal teaching and supervision training. I am currently director of Master of Research Programme in Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Derby in the UK. My research shapes the curriculum of other universities and finds a place in the reading list of a number of courses taught at the University of Alberta, University of Leicester, Duke University, CUNY, NYU, University of Southern Mississippi, Institute for the International Education of Students, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Queen’s University in Canada, and others.
You can also find below a number of courses and modules that I teach and direct this year.
*Research Philosophy and Methodology (Module Leader)
*Social Research Methods (Module Leader)
* Advanced Research Methods
*Long Dissertation Research Project (Module Leader)
*Communication Theories and Ethics
* Doing Grounded Theory (Designer and Lecturer, Master course)
* The Sociology of Violence (Designer and Lecturer, Master course)
* Computer Programmes for Qualitative Data (Lecturer, Master course)
* Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis
*Doing Ethnographic Research (Designer and Lecturer)