Scot M Peterson
Teaching and Learning
Papers taught at the University of Oxford
Prelims (First-Year) The Theory and Practice of Democracy
· Introduction to Government Institutions (UK, US)
· Introduction to Political Theory (Mill, Marx)
Final Honour Schools
· Comparative Politics
· British Government and Politics, 1900-present
· Government and Politics of the United States
Modules taught at Reading University (2007–10)
PO2AmG: American Government and Politics
PO3UKP: United Kingdom Politics since 1960
I rely heavily on interaction in the classroom and the tutorial. I encourage the use of internet resources, including Virtual Learning Environments.
At the University of Oxford, I am the first politics tutor to use Weblearn. My Weblearn site is here (although it is not available from outside Oxford; email me if you would like to see it). I have given multiple presentations at the Oxford University Computing Centre on my use of Weblearn, which have received favourable comments. The University of Reading uses a different system called Blackboard.
From Oxford Students:
Scot is an excellent tutor. He challenges you and encourages you to develop your thoughts without making you feel inferior.
Scot's essay comments are fantastic. Every time I receive comments about the essay, I feel I learn so much from them and when I make the changes suggested, I can personally see how my essay has improved.
Fantastic. Hasn't tutored me since first year but as acting head of politics in Corpus he arranged a meeting with me at the beginning of term to talk about exams and revision and ensure everything was ok. Arranged revision classes for us too.
From Reading Students:
‘The most effective aspects of the module were: Teaching in the seminar. The opinion of everyone was seen in the class. Never experienced that before.’
‘Scot was incredibly helpful and always willing to respond to questions, he helped me understand some of the more challenging topics.’
‘Dr Peterson is good at putting the subject matter in context; he gets us to look at it in a different and new way.’