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Helen is an International Relations specialist with a particular interest in children and childhood and their relationship to international politics. Her other interests include gender, security, national identity, citizenship, education and art as a political tool. She has worked on an ESRC project on policy making and transition from political violence, based at INCORE, University of Ulster, involving comparative research on South Africa and was recently a research coordinator on an ESRC project about British national identity. She has taught in the department of Politics and International Relations since 2002.

Teaching

  • HUPM04 War, Identity and Society

    This module is the companion module to HUPM03. It takes a pluri-disciplinary approach to understanding the impacts of war on society and vice-versa. The module evaluates the ways in which conflict changes and reshapes society and analyses the problems of war, its representations and its social outcomes. 'War' in thus not viewed solely in terms of military history, but rather through a broader context of changing social, economic and cultural trends both as a motor for change and as part of those broader changes. The module is taught over a ten week period. The weekly two hour sessions include at least an hour of seminar style `teaching┬┐, to make sure that there is ample time for discussions, questions, student presentations, etc. Hence, it is expected of all students to read the compulsory reading for each session beforehand, so that meaningful discussions can take place. .

  • PO-397 Researching Politics 2

    This module offers students a valuable experience of both individual and collective research - as well as the opportunity to study in depth an important aspect of Politics and International Relations. Students extend and deepen the research undertaken in PO-396 Researching Politics 1 and continue to meet regularly in order to share ideas, opinions and sources. In these meetings, students evaluate, criticise and analyse issues concerning the topic under investigation. Minutes of the meetings are kept and the meetings are conducted with a view to arriving at a common position that will serve as the basis for producing a collectively authored report and presentation. Each student in the group also produces a shorter individual report on their own experience of Researching Politics, in the course of which they reflect on their individual contribution to the groups output. This self-assessment is validated by the other members of the group.

Supervision

  • Challenging Far-Right Extremism: The other side of the coin? (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Angharad Closs Stephens
    Other supervisor: Mr Robert Bideleux
    Other supervisor: Dr Helen Brocklehurst
    Other supervisor: Dr Amanda Rogers