Teaching Abroad - Past Teaching Exchanges

The MWP has set up a teaching exchange with UPF, Barcelona, Humboldt University, Berlin, and with the LSE, London where Max Weber Fellows have the opportunity to have a week’s intensive teaching experience with professional feedback. The MWP intends to expand their MWP teaching abroad network in the future. 

Below a list of the previous Teaching Exchanges which have taken place:

LSE Teaching Exchange April 2009

The following Max Weber Fellows took part in the teaching module at LSE, 27 April–1 May 2009.

Sami Miaari (ECO)

Violet Soen (HEC)

Can Aybek (SPS)

Ottavio Quirico (LAW)

Ania Cichopek (HEC)

Firat Cengiz (LAW)

Katya Mouliarova (LAW)

Fang Xu (ECO)

The exchange was set up by the Max Weber Programme and the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre. The fellows give a public lecture, a seminar and receive professional feedback on their performance from Nick Byrne, Director and Neil McLean Professor at LSE Teaching & Learning Centre. Fellows will also have meetings with LSE faculty working in their field.


Humboldt University Teaching Exchange January 2009

The following Max Weber Fellows took part in the teaching module at Humboldt University, 22-30 January 2009:

Iryna Vushko (HEC)

Mindia Vashakmadze (LAW)

Mathias Delori (SPS)

Gaye Gungor (SPS)

Naoko Seriu (HEC)

Roberta Pergher (HEC)

Paolo Pin (ECO)

Belen Olmos Giupponi (LAW)


The module has three components:

  • Class observance (prior to teaching): MWP fellows will observe the group that they are going to give the tutorial to during a language class (English for Specific Purposes). The colleague teaching the class will afterwards discuss all technical and other details of the tutorial to be taught by the fellow.
  • Tutorial: Three convenors will observe the tutorial and give feedback to the fellow. The students fill out feedback forms which can be discussed in the feedback session. Other fellows may attend the tutorial and the feedback session.
  • Lecture: MWP fellows give an open undergraduate lecture in their own discipline. The convenors will attend the lecture and there will be a feedback session. Other fellows may attend the lecture and the feedback session.

The Humboldt staff responsible for the organisation of the module are Connie Hacke and David Bowskill.


LSE Teaching Exchange May 2008

In May 2008 five Max Weber Fellows travelled to LSE for a week of teaching practice. The exchange was set up by the Max Weber Programme and the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre. The fellows all gave a public lecture, a seminar and received professional feedback on their performance from Nick Byrne, Director and Neil McLean Professor at LSE Teaching & Learning Centre. In addition the fellows had meetings with LSE faculty working in their fields.


LSE Lectures Delivered:


Mattei Demetrescu, Max Weber Fellow 2007-2008, ECO

  • Forecasting Using Asymmetric Loss Functions


When using time series models for forecasting, optimality of resulting point predictions is typically defined in terms of mean squared forecast error. In many cases of practical relevance, however, actual costs (losses) can be assigned to forecasts errors: thus, optimality of point forecasts should in such cases be defined with respect to a suitable, often asymmetric, loss function. The purpose of the talk is to introduce the subject area to interested non-specialists. It will compare methods of building forecasts under a general loss function, address some implications for modelling strategies, and provide a brief overview of recent developments in the area.


Joanna Wolszczak Derlacz, Max Weber Fellow 2007-2008, ECO

  • Theory of Economic Convergence

A common belief is that economic integration is likely to bring about significant benefits both in the short and long run. Assuming that rate of growth of the New Member States (NMS) is two times higher than the EU average, it will take at least 30 years for them to catch up with the average income level of the EU15 countries. We can safely say that this does not come up to the original hopes of the NMS. Three theoretical elements need to be considered in assessing the convergence/divergence scenario, namely: growth theories, trade theory and new economic geography. Are these theories empirically relevant and can economic integration help even out standards of living across countries?


Eszter Bartha, Max Weber Fellow 2007-2008, HEC

  • From Transitology to Transformation—Theorizing Post-socialist Change in Eastern Europe

The sudden and rapid collapse of socialist regimes in Eastern Europe in 1989 generated new narratives about ‘actually existing’ socialism, and several prognoses were developed about the road from socialism to capitalism. The ex­-socialist countries, having failed with the Communist modernisation project, placed renewed hope in catching up with the advanced Western world in the ‘transition’ to capitalism. The road from socialism to capitalism proved, however, to be less smooth than what was predicted by ‘transitology’. I will discuss and critically evaluate three competing paradigms: ‘new institutionalism’, ‘developmental state approach’ and the ‘Marxist-leftist perspective’.


Carmen Menchini, Max Weber Fellow 2007-2008, HEC

  • Political Communication and Propaganda in Early Modern Europe


It is quite common to associate the concept of political communication, especially that of propaganda, with the use of mass media and the history of the last century.  How did political propaganda work (if at all) in a world without any of the modern means of communication?  The lecture will explore the question using the Medici family as a case study for Early Modern Europe. It will focus on a particular kind of propaganda based on orations and biographies of the rulers of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.


Yoko Akachi, Max Weber Fellow 2007-2008, ECO

  • Introduction to Population and International Health

What are the current issues in population and international health? Why is health important in the international development agenda? How are the top priorities being addressed, and what are the data, indicators, and methods used? There will be a focus on child health in developing countries; using malaria as a case study, the complexity and challenges of global health will be illustrated. This talk is targeted for those interested in development and health particularly in low- and middle-income countries and provides a brief introduction to the topic.  


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