Teaching Philosophy

In my teaching, I strive to communicate my passion for the issues, theories and objects I am investigating and to foster in my students an appreciation for the abilities of deep thinking and critical analysis.

My goal is for my students to develop a deeper metacritical awareness why and how they study. While passion is more likely to stimulate an response from students regardless of whether they agree (cf. Macfarlane, p. 121), a metacritical understanding of their own want fosters their intrinsic motivation (Biggs & Tang, p. 36).

For me, teaching is about communication. I enjoy  working and learning together with other people and to support students on their own journey of learning. I admire the Socratic method of asking the right questions, in order to guide the students towards finding the answers on their own. I lead by example, maintaining an ongoing dialogue with other teachers, inviting and reflecting on student feedback, and continuously evolving my teaching toolbox. Likewise, it is important to me that students learn to reflect and listen well, essential skills both for academia and for life. To become aware of the prejudices that we bring to our way of hearing, we need to conceive of listening as an essential element of speech. (Mead, 2014).

Real learning contributes to personal and emotional growth: to be open towards the world, to learn to question one’s own mental comfort zone. I believe that schools and universities have not only a responsibility to ensure the employability of its students, but that they constitute a venerable social space.


  • Biggs, J. & Tang C., Teaching for Quality Learning at University (Philadelphia: Open University Press, 2011).
  • Macfarlane, Bruce, Teaching with Integrity: The Ethics of Higher Education Practice (New York: Routledge, 2004).
  • Mead, R., ‘The Troll Slayer’, The New Yorker Online, 1 September 2014.


im Sessel

Currently Teaching:

World Cinema & Globalization

Stardom & Performance

Film Studies Contexts


previous seminars (selection)

Digital Media Theory

“A fiction like no other” – Documentary Cinema

Discovering Cinema: Film Analysis

Cinema & Social Change

Transnational Cinema & Globalization

Film History