View the latest news from departments within the Faculty of Social Sciences below.
MA Global Education and International Development student, Robyn Shreeve, has had a version of one of their essays published in the journal 'Compare'. This is a fantastic achievement, well done Robyn!
Sam Martin wins prize for the most highly commended poster abstract...
Welcome to Economics
We are delighted that you will be joining the Department of Economics this academic year.
Your first few weeks at the University and in our Department will be busy, and in order to help you settle in as quickly as possible, we have put together Induction pages of what will be happening and what you need to do during these weeks.
You will be receiving communications from us with your course joining instructions, but here are the quick links to the induction pages for specific cohorts of students.
We look forward to meeting you in person at one of our departmental welcome events.
Credentials and self-reported skill gain do not measure the same
As a part of the LEGACY project, Dr Heike Behle recently presented a paper in which two ways to measure learning gain were critically assessed: Credentials and self-assessed improvement of specific skills.
Both ways have drawbacks: Credentials can be an effective way of measuring student learning within a particular class, since most institutions have a scaled grading system already in place. It is problematic, however, to use across classes and institutions and it does not measure the ‘distance travelled’ during higher education. On the other hand, self-assessed improvement of skills will always be subjective and will differ according to individuals’ personality and their personal and HE-related circumstances such as gender and subject studied. It is also important to notice that both data is censored, i.e. improvement is not unlimited.
Using Futuretrack data, Heike compared both ways and found that those who increased their learning gain using credentials are less likely to assess their skills highly, both variable correlate negatively. The findings are currently being prepared for publication. Reported in THES.
This year we set up a new legal clinic specialising in using public law strategically to address systemic disadvantage and abuse of power to achieve effective change. We caught up with law students Kye Li, Natalie and Meghna to find out more about their time volunteering with our new Strategic Public Law Clinic.
Warwick Teaching Excellence Awards Shortlist 2020 - Department of Philosophy
Three members of the Philosophy Department have been nominated in this year’s WATE and WATE PGR Awards for their outstanding contribution to Teaching Excellence.
Dr Thomas Crowther has been shortlisted for this year’s WATE Awards in recognition of his inspirational teaching – as well as his dedication to outreach and well-being support for philosophy students. Irene Dal Poz and Lorenzo Serini, both studying for PhDs in Philosophy, have been shortlisted for the WATE PGR Awards. This nomination recognises Irene’s and Lorenzo’s natural flair for teaching in the classroom, as well as their ability to engage and motivate students. Congratulations to all three shortlisted candidates on their nominations. Winners of both categories will be announced in the summer.
Are you interested in developing your skills, enhancing the student experience, and being paid in the process?
The Department of Sociology is currently inviting applications from finalist students for a number of 'Student Voice' Ambassador roles. Ambassadors will act as an interface between students and staff, feeding back both ways. The role will include, for example, inputting into departmental discussions on teaching policy and curriculum change.
If you are interested in this role, please send your CV and a supporting statement (of up to 350 words) outlining why you feel you would make a good 'Student Voice' Ambassador to the department’s Director of Student Experience, Dr Andre Celtel (A.Celtel@warwick.ac.uk).
The closing date for applications is 2 pm on Thursday 03 October 2019.
Jake Lever - Teaching Fellow at The University of Warwick, features on BBC Radio 4's Sunday Worship "The Art of Faith"