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Political Science

Rosa Sanchez Salgado

BSc in Political Science

‘By giving students a choice in their examination, they become aware of what they are actually learning and are in control of their own learning process.’

Rosa Sanchez Salgado is an assistant professor of European Public Policy.

Photographer: Jeroen Doomernik

Which course(s) do you teach?

‘In the Bachelor’s programme in Political Science, I teach two courses. The first course, European Public Policy in Times of Crisis, aims at providing students with key knowledge of European Union policymaking, focusing especially on current European crises (economic crisis, refugee crisis, legitimacy crisis, Brexit). The second course is a Bachelor thesis project on a topic related to the role of emotions in policymaking. We discuss for instance how mindfulness (understood as the ability to be aware of the filtering of emotions and beliefs) can help to understand (and eventually improve) policymaking.’ 

What do you want students to learn?

‘In my classes, I encourage my students to engage in “learner-centred teaching”. Learner-centred teaching is aimed at increasing students’ opportunities to learn on their own. In practice, this method implies giving students choices in and control of their learning process, engaging students in first-hand learning and teaching lifelong learning skills. In my classes, I usually offer learning tools such as simulation games, debates and reflection journals. A reflection journal is a personal record to write down thoughts and ideas.

Students are asked to take responsibility for their own learning, because they will have to take this same responsibility (to update and improve their knowledge and skills) for the rest of their lives. By giving students a choice in their examination, they become aware of what they are actually learning and are in control of their own learning process. The teacher takes on the role of the facilitator in this process.’

What is your own research about?

‘My previous research focused on the efforts made by EU institutions, especially the European Commission, to shape civil society organisations. I recently published a book on this topic called Europeanizing Civil Society: How the EU Shapes Civil Society Organizations. More recently, my research focus has shifted to the analysis of the role of emotions in the dynamics of public contestation and social change. I am also interested in understanding how mindfulness can help in analysing major challenges of the present time, such as immigration or finance.’