My two fields of study at the University of Toronto are Canadian Politics and Comparative Politics. Throughout my studies I have also continued to learn about increasingly sophisticated research methods. I am thus apt at teaching students in any introductory course on each of these three topics. I am also qualified to teach courses associated with my research interests, which include political behavior, elections, public opinion, political culture, political parties, Canadian politics, as well as research methods.

Below you can find a sample of classes I have taught in the past, as well as their course objectives and syllabi.


Concordia University, Fall 2017

POLI 392 - Survey and Research Methods

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course introduces students to the scientific approach to the study of politics. The course surveys epistemological considerations related to political science, especially the challenge of making causal inferences. This is followed by the introduction of research designs and methodology as the solution to overcome these challenges. Broadly speaking, the course discusses techniques that belong to the qualitative and quantitative traditions.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

By the end of the term, students will:

1. Develop an understanding of the difficulty of making causal inference in political science;

2. Learn about qualitative methods commonly used in the conduct of political science as well as their strengths and weaknesses;

3. Learn about quantitative methods commonly used in the conduct of political science as well as their strengths and weaknesses.

The syllabus for the course can be found here.


Concordia University, Fall 2017

POLI 204: Introduction to Canadian Politics

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is an introduction to Canadian politics. It presents students with essential knowledge on topics such as the Canadian Constitution, Canadian political institutions, the electoral environment in Canada, interest groups, and ongoing debates that animate Canadian public life.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

By the end of the term, students will:

1. Develop an understanding of the institutions that structure and influence Canadian politics;

2. Develop an understanding of the actors and features of electoral competition in Canada;

3. Develop an understanding of the issues surrounding diversity and representation in Canadian politics;

4. Develop an understanding of the debates surrounding Canada’s Constitution and how they affect Canadian politics today.

The syllabus for the course can be accessed here.


University of Toronto, Summer 2017

POL222: Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning I

Quantitative empirical analysis has become an increasingly important part of political science research — and social sciences in general — and public policy debates. The results of statistical analysis on quantitative data, such as opinion polls, election results, frequency of armed conflicts, and incidence of violence can be seen in many research articles and books on political science and various reports on divergent policy issues published by governments, think tanks, non-profit organizations, and news media. The ability to properly understand and critically assess the results of quantitative statistical analysis has become an invaluable asset for any individual interested in a wide range of political, economic, social, and policy issues. 

By the end of this course, students are expected to have developed a basic understanding of:

1.  The characteristics of the scientific studies of political science, especially those employing quantitative empirical analysis, and the inherent difficulties of establishing a causal relationship between the political/economic/social/policy outcomes of interest;

2. Representative empirical research strategies to investigate the causal relationship of political/economic/social/policy phenomena of interest (a.k.a. research designs), and various threats to the validity of different research designs; and

3.  How to use descriptive statistics and visualization tools to summarize and interpret the nature of a political/economic/social/policy phenomenon or characteristic of interest and the relationship between two or more of them.

The syllabus for the course can be accessed here.


Ryerson University, Fall 2016

POG446: Voters, Elections and Parties

This course is concerned with elections, electoral behaviour and electoral systems. The course focuses on three particular aspects of the above themes: 1) Electoral systems, the institutions that determines how votes are cast and counted during an election, 2) turnout, that is, why voters choose to vote or abstain and 3) vote choice, that is, why voters vote for a particular candidate or party. The class will rely on literature and examples from the Canada, the United States, and the Comparative literature.  

The syllabus for the course can be accessed here.