Ryan Patterson

September 2014 to present

HIH 1420 Understanding the Modern World

I prepare and facilitate fortnightly seminars on the major social, political, and cultural developments that shaped the world since the mid-eighteenth century. Critical analysis of primary and secondary sources are a particular focus. I also grade two essay assignments and exam papers.

January 2014 to May 2014

HIH 1401 Approaches to History

An overview of the main theories, perspectives, and authors central to the historian's craft. I led seminar discussions on course readings and marked presentations, essays, and exam papers.

September 2013 to December 2015

HIH 1400 Making History

The Making History module is centred around researching, writing, and presenting a substantial historiography (literature review). As a graduate teaching assistant, I led seminars on research methods, citation and bibliographies, and generally guided my students through this hands-on learning assignment. I also graded essays and presentations.

November 2012 to June 2013

Grand Challenges

I held the role of group facilitator in the 2013 Exeter Grand Challenges program. This full-day, two-week program grouped first-year undergraduate student along a series of 21st-century global dilemmas. The interdisciplinary groups worked to develop collaborative solutions to these challenges. As a facilitator, I helped to develop the program for my particular dilemma, 'Resetting the UK National Security Strategy', managed expert guest speakers, and led daily seminars.

September 2012 to May 2013

HIH 100 History Foundation

As a graduate teaching assistant for the undergraduate History Foundation Course, I led seminars on a wide range of topics in historical theory and method. I also marked presentations, essays, and exam papers.

September 2006 to April 2008

History of the Atlantic World

Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. This first-year course explored the trade, colonisation, and cultural networks that connected parts of Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean during the age of the slave trade. The main focus was the African Diaspora and the ways that race, class, and gender were negotiated in the slave colonies. For two years I ran two weekly seminar groups. I led discussions of academic journals and primary source documents, encouraged student participation and graded it, and marked weekly reading responses and three essays per year.