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Dr Andrew Roe-Crines BA, PhD, FHEA, FRHistS

Senior Lecturer in British Politics Politics

Teaching

I teach at different levels across the Department from undergraduate students to doctoral researchers. My teaching duties reflect my expertise in British Politics and political communication, party politics, governance, foreign policy, and political leadership.

In the current academic year (2022/23) I am the module leader for POLI252 (Political Communication and Public Speaking); POLI304 (Contemporary Parliamentary Studies); POLI511 (British Foreign Policy), POLI323 (Theory and Practice of Rhetoric in British Politics), and the MA dissertation module POLI531 (Political Science Dissertation). Each of my taught modules use assessment methods that involve practical skill development that go beyond traditional forms of assessment. POLI252 has recently been commended for innovative teaching methods by offering students the chance to engage in public speaking.

I am also currently supervising doctoral candidates researching conservatism, mental health policy in the UK, and other issues relating to British Politics (my area of expertise).

Political Communication and Public Speaking (POLI252)

This is a second year module that looks at the techniques of communication and the structure of speechmaking as a technical skill. The module revolves around students using these skills through practical activities (such as a 'mock Parliamentary debate') whereby students are able to enhance their confidence as convincing individual speakers.

The module is assessed using a reflective logbook of seminar activities (40%) and the delivery of a speech to an audience of student peers (60%).

Theory and Practice of Rhetoric in British Politics (POLI323)

This is a third year module that examines the ancient theories of rhetoric and oratory and applies them to contemporary British political actors. The module discusses the contemporary significance of the ancient skills and how they enable us to see how political ideologies are communicated to audiences in the 2020s.

The module is assessed using a written conference speech for a party leader in British Politics (60%) and a rhetorical analysis using classical rhetorical theories (40%).

Student Comment

Below are a selection of anonymous quotes from student comments given on POLI252 (Political Communication & Public Speaking) and POLI323 (Theory and Practice of Rhetoric in British Politics) over the 2020/21 academic year.

"The feedback was extensive and very useful - more than I have received before on a module so really appreciated that".

"‘I couldn't offer a suggestion to improve the feedback, the feedback came earlier than was expected as well. The depth of feedback was really useful, especially in comparison to the historical context, and stating good uses of the three modes of persuasion".

"My favourite part of the module was the content, especially the speeches. My speech was so fun to write and I really enjoyed watching everyone elses."

"I would like to thank Andrew because this was one of my favourite modules and I don't really like British Politics but the way this module was structured made it really interesting".

"Dr Andrew Roe Crines is very passionate about this module and thus made me very keen to learn. I cannot fault the structure of this module either, it was incredibly rewarding. The assessments were also very engaging. I dare to say that the Speech assessment was actually fun".

"The reflective log assessment was my favourite part as I believe it was a good this time assess students on. A reflection on each seminar for us to understand what we are being taught".

"Teaching delivery was always entertaining and engaging, giving us time to discuss things in seminars. As well as providing additional context when needed to supplement ideas that we were talking about".

"Dr Roe-Crines was really interesting and well informed. He always delivered the lectures clearly and his knowledge on the subject made it even more engaging. The seminar discussions were also a great way to try and work with other students and create a sense of debate. His expectations for the assessment was also very clear and both the coursework assignments were very manageable and well understood."

"Everything from the feedback, to the seminar tasks, to the resources made available (particularly during the pandemic), to the engagement with students was exemplary. This module couldn't be better taught and I really appreciate all the help that was given to us. I really enjoyed the module as a whole, and if there was a way I could continue it into my Masters I would".

Modules for 2021-22

BRITISH FOREIGN POLICY

Module code: POLI511

Role: Module Co-ordinator

BRITISH POLITICS 1

Module code: POLI101

Role: Teaching

BRITISH POLITICS II

Module code: POLI102

Role: Module Co-ordinator

POLITICAL COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC SPEAKING

Module code: POLI252

Role: Module Co-ordinator

The Theory and Practice of Rhetoric in British Politics

Module code: POLI323

Role: Module Co-ordinator