Academic Freedom in a Virtual Classroom: Learning and Teaching ‘Controversial’ Topics

The PSA's Teaching and Learning Network are pleased to be hosting their fourth series of webinars 'Teaching Politics and IR online: Key Issues, Skills and Pedagogy'. 

Monday 5th July, (4-5pm) led by Dr Sarah Liu, University of Edinburgh.

This webinar will explore the challenges of academic freedom in the classroom today as learning and teaching activities are often monitored by both authoritarian regimes and universities (even in democracies). It will specifically focus on how to foster a safe environment for students in and from autocracies to learn about topics that may be deemed ‘controversial’ by regimes, such as human rights issues in Xinjiang, Hong Kong protests, Middle Eastern politics, Russian politics, etc. The session will be interactive for participants to exchange ideas to collective ensure academic freedom in the midst of virtual learning and teaching.

PSA Members who attend three or more of the T&L Webinar series receive a certificate of participation.

Please ensure you register prior to the event. The webinar will be hosted via Zoom and joining instructions will be sent to participants the morning of the event. 

To find out more and watch previous webinars from our Teaching and Learning Network, check out the PSA's Youtube Channel.