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Carlos Yordan

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Semester on the United Nations, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey

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Carlos is happy to discuss his teaching and any of the points raised during this podcast with any listeners who may be interested – you can email Carlos at [email protected]

Summary

As Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Semester on the United Nations at Drew University, Carlos Yordan is responsible for teaching students a variety of courses, among them US foreign policy, international political economy and most notably the 8-credit course on the United Nations.  This 8-credit course is the university’s signature program as it gives students the opportunity to study the UN while at the UN headquarters in NYC.  Yordan explains the course in great detail and discusses how students are encouraged to take internships with NGOs working with the UN to get a more well-rounded understanding of how the system works.  As an educator, Yordon attempts to make the connection between practice and theory, often through the use of multimedia devices which can even be used to stream happenings at UN headquarters.  Yordan explains the advantage of teaching classes that relate to his research in a professional capacity.  It allows for a better connection with students as they can relate to facing similar research challenges. Yordan discusses the dynamic of being a part of a small liberal arts college with an emphasis on teaching, and how research allows him to keep up to date on theoretical developments.

Additional References:

  • The UN News Centre’s UN Daily News. Produced by the United Nations Foundation, the UN Wire aggregates UN documents and news stories on UN-related issues.
  • Colum Lynch’s blog: “Turtle Bay”, available: http://turtlebay.foreignpolicy.com/
  • For those interested in developing assignments or class activities that require students to actively participate in the process of learning, the following may be of used.
  • J. Lantis, L. Kuzma, and J. Boehrer (editors) The New International Studies Classroom: Active Teaching, Active Learning (Lynne Rienner, 2000). Similarly, most issues of International Studies Perspectives include several articles addressing pedagogical issues.

Carlos Yordan
Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Semester on the United Nations, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey

Recorded on November 2011