Pedagogical innovation

Pedagogical innovation

Pecha Kucha presentations and the Master of European Affairs
  • Philip Sauerbaum ©Sciences PoPhilip Sauerbaum ©Sciences Po

This academic year 2015/2016, in the Master European Affairs, during one course, Sociology of free movement, Professor Ettore Recchi has experimented the validation of the final grade through a special exercise: a Pecha Kucha presentation. It consists in presenting a topic in a limited time : 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each one.

Pedagogically, by splitting slides from their own verbal performance, Pecha Kucha forces students to think about the communication impact of their presentations and respect strict time limits - which is what they will find out when they go powerpoint in the world 'out there'.

The student Philip Sauerbaum has made the best presentation Pecha Kucha about the following topic, Towards a Postnational Model of Membership.

"In the post WW2 period, there has been a rise in individual rights borne out of international bodies and covenants: the UN Declaration of Human Rights, The Geneva Convention, the EEC treaties and eventually EU citizenship. These rights are codified in supranational arenas and define deterritorialized capacities for human beings.

At the same time, the implementation and protection of these rights rests on territorial powers - namely, the nation states. Free movement in the EU epitomizes such rights, as free-moving EU citizens are bearers of rights that do no stem from their national citizenship but from the EU (ie, non-national) legal framework. This means that they can be dubbed as 'post-national citizens'. Yasemine Soysal's book Limits of Citizenship raised this issue already 20 years ago, claiming that such a model may extend to other world regions in the future."

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