Currently teaching part of the courses titled ‘Small States in Europe: Vulnerability, Status and Influence’ and ‘The Power Potential of Small States in the European Union’ at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland. I also lecture on Iceland’s European policy at the Faculty.
In recent years I have asked students not to use computers in the classroom. We use what I choose to call the Socratic method in teaching, i.e. focus on debates and communication in the classroom. In my view the computers distract the students from the actual learning that takes place in the class and by getting rid of the computers the classroom becomes a more stimulating environment for studying and learning.
Founded and taught numerous courses at the Summer School on Small States in Europe at the Centre for Small State Studies in Reykjavik (supported by Erasmus), since 2003. The Small States Summer School at the University of Iceland‘s Institute of International Affairs is among ten projects that received the Erasmus+ Quality Award in 2015. The award was for innovation and novelty in education, contribution to the participation of diverse groups in international collaboration, and influence on education in both individual institutions as well as the educational system as a whole.
Taught courses on Comparative politics, the Icelandic political system, Iceland’s foreign policy, Globalization and the Nordic states.
Visiting professor of International Studies at Williams College (MA, USA), fall semester 2013, teaching two courses: ‘Small States in the International System: Opportunities and Challenges‘ and ‘The European Union: The Past, Present, and Future‘.
Vilnius University (Lithuania). Course taught with Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, spring semester 2013: ‘Small Nations in the International System in Theory and Practice – Seven Case Studies’.
Teacher at a Summer School on Enhancing Governance in Small States: Migration Crisis and Contemporary Challenges, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, 2017.
Taught few classes at Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, 2016.
Taught at the 2015 Summer School ‘Challenges in Public Administration – Transformation for the Future’ at the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana.
Taught courses on Small States and European Integration at the University of Washington (Seattle), Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), University of Greenland and the Bifröst Business School (Iceland).
Erasmus exchange teacher at Université Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV from 2006 to 2015, teaching students of Nordic languages on Small states and Nordic politics, with primary focus on Icelandic domestic and foreign affairs.
Currently supervisor of several M.A. and B.A. theses. Supervisor of four graduated doctoral candidates:
- Christian Rainer Rebhan, North Atlantic Euroscepticism – The rejection of EU membership in the Faroe Islands and Greenland, successfully defended in September 2014, University of Iceland.
- Magnus Arni Magnusson, The Engagement of Iceland and Malta with European Integration: Economic Incentives and Political Constraints, successfully defended in April 2011, University of Iceland.
- Gunnhildur Lily Magnusdottir, Small States’ Power Resources in EU Negotiations: The Cases of Sweden, Denmark and Finland in the Environmental Policy of the EU, successfully defended in June 2009, University of Iceland.
- Eirikur Bergmann, “Hið huglæga sjálfstæði þjóðarinnar” – Áhrif þjóðernishugmynda á Evrópustefnu íslenskra stjórnvalda (Sense of sovereignty: how national sentiments have influenced Iceland’s European policy), successfully defended in June 2009, University of Iceland.