Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award for Human Rights/Sociology Staff Member
7 May, 2013
Dr Susan Banki, a member of the Department’s Human Rights Team, has been awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.
One of the key innovations in Dr Banki's teaching practice was to develop a multi-media Simulation Exercise that enables students in her Human Rights Violations Unit to respond, as a team, to a 'real' human rights crisis. As Susan notes: "I was interested in designing a Simulation that allowed students to engage locally (at the site of the human rights violation), nationally, regionally, and internationally. I believe that my Simulation may be the only one to explore numerous levers for change on different geographic levels".
Dr Banki is well known amongst students as a passionate teacher and will tell you that her approach to teaching is based on the principle of non pro schola, sed pro vita (“not for school, but for life”), that is, to imbue students with a passion for what they learn because it is relevant for their lives both inside and outside of the classroom.