Helping students connect their personal lives to real world events is no easy feat, but it is especially important in international relations courses. As an international relations instructor, how do you engage your students and help them make a more personal connection between their own lives, significant historic events and their influence on and connection to current world events?

College students may be aware of the current political climate driven by the United States’ election. They may have seen and read articles on Brexit and the Syrian refugee situations in Aleppo on Twitter or Facebook. But, world politics go beyond the events fed to us on social media. From Bollywood, the Bataclan, Aleppo, Juba, Sana’a, important global events happen every day. Do they drive discussion in your course? How do you create student connections to world events like these and drive critical analysis and thinking?

Beyond that, what tools and resources do you leverage in your classrooms to help your students seek out and share information and their opinions? How do you help your students identify real news sources from fake news sources?

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March 2 and March 14

Dr. Gregory Dixon, Cengage Faculty Partner and Professor of International Relations shares insights, resources and best practices for using current events to explain enduring concepts.

» “Teaching in Interesting Times

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Dr. Dixon’s research focuses on international conflict management and international institutions. His current research projects include the topics of dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization, the impact of economic interdependence on international rivalry, and the role of domestic politics in the success or failure of foreign policy.

 To learn more, visit Dr. Gregory Dixon’s international relations blog