Teaching

Teaching Approach

I have had opportunities to craft my approach to teaching at the universities of Geneva, Fribourg, Lausanne and Neuchâtel (Switzerland), Münster and Bonn (Germany) and Paris (France). I have developed classes in French, German and English for students from diverse backgrounds (philosophy, medicine, biology, politics etc.) at various levels of study (undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate).

So far, I taught foremost on topics such as political philosophy, overviews over classical texts in ethics and meta-ethics, philosophy of law, distributive justice, philosophy of death and various issues in applied ethics and bioethics (such as animal and environmental ethics, research ethics, ethical issues at the beginning and end of life etc.).

In my teaching, I aim to develop students’ analytical thinking abilities and to foster their critical thinking and argumentative skills. If possible, I combine a historic and systematic approach. That is, my teaching confronts important texts from the history of philosophy with contemporary debates in philosophy.

It is important for me to show the link of philosophical questions to current events and practices as well as legislative decisions, such as regarding the allocation of resources in society or ethical questions at the end of life. This helps students to better grasp the importance of the issue discussed. I encourage students to participate actively in the discussion, and I provide them with detailed feedback for their writing assignments.

Classes taught

2019 — Postgraduate Course Animal Ethics — past, present and future issues”. University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 8h, in German

2019 — MA-Seminar Distributive Justice, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 28h, in French

2019 — BA-Seminar Philosophy of Death, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 24h, in German

2018 — Lecture An Introduction to Animal Ethics”, Science Po, Paris, France, 2h

2018 — MA-Seminar Robert Nozick: Anarchy, State, Utopia”, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 28h, in French

2018 — Proseminar Philosophy of Law”, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 28h, in German

2018 — Proseminar Fundamental texts in Ethics”, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 24h, in German

2017 — Lecture An Introduction to Animal Ethics”, Science Po, Paris, France, 2h

2017 — Proseminar Introduction to Political Philosophy”, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 28h, in German

2017 — Seminar Applied Ethics — an Overview”, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 28h, in French

2017 - Seminar Distributive Justice”, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 24h, in German

2016 — Proseminar Introduction to Practical Ethics — Peter Singer. University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 28h, in French

2016 — Lecture Medical Research with Vulnerable Persons”, University Hospital Geneva, Switzerland, Postgraduate course Management of Clinical Trials’, 1 hour, in English

2016 — Lecture Normative Food Ethics meets Animal Ethics.” University of Bonn, Germany, Postgraduate Course on Ethics of Food Production and Consumption, 1 day

2015 - Block seminar Animal Ethics”. Department of Philosophy, University of Münster, Germany, 24 hours, in German

2014 — Lecture Medical Research with Vulnerable Persons”, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Postgraduate Course Health Care Law’, 1 hour

2014 - Lecture The Ethics of Animal Research”, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Postgraduate Course Health Care Law’, 1 hour

2014 — Tutor Medical Forum on Assisted Suicide, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2 hours, in French

2013 — Lecture Medical Research with Vulnerable Persons”, University Hospital Geneva, Switzerland, Postgraduate course Management of Clinical Trials’, 1 hour

2013 — Lecture The Ethics of Animal Research”, Faculties of Science, Medicine and Humanities, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2 hours, in French

2013 — Tutor Medical Forum on Assisted Suicide, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2 hours, in French

2012 — Lecture Medical Research with Vulnerable Persons”, University Hospital Geneva, Switzerland, Postgraduate course Management of Clinical Trials’, 1 hour

2012 — Lecture The Ethics of Animal Research”, Faculties of Science, Medicine and Humanities, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2 hours, in French

2012 — Lecture Medical Research with Vulnerable Persons”, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Postgraduate Course Health Care Law’, 1 hour

2012 — Lecture The Ethics of Animal Research”, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Postgraduate Course Health Care Law’, 1 hour

2012 — Seminar Meta-Ethics”, Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland; 4 hours, with F. Jacquet, in French

2012 — Tutor Medical Forum on Assisted Suicide, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 4 hours, in French

2011 — Seminar Animal Ethics”, Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 6 hours, with F. Jacquet, in French

2011 — Lecture The Ethics of Animal Research”, Faculties of Science, Medicine and Humanities, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2 hours, in French

2011 — Tutor Medical forum on assisted suicide”, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2 hours

2011 — Lecture Medical Research with Vulnerable Persons”, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Postgraduate Course Health Care Law’, 1 hour

2010 — Tutor Medical Forum on Assisted Suicide”, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 4 hours, in French

2009 — Tutor for the lecture Time Theories of Prof. Karen Gloy, University of Luzern