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Your First Week


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Your First Week

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In order for you to feel more settled and to allow time to register for seminar groups there are no seminars in PAIS in week 1. However, there will be a 1st year welcome meeting, and a series of introductory lectures. We believe this offers the best balance between giving you time to settle, meet new friends and organise yourself, yet at the same time delve into the exciting world of Politics - the subject you have chosen to study! This page outlines the PAIS lectures and activities in week 1.

  • We appreciate and understand that the transition to University is not always easy - but we are here to help you and make it as easy as we can for everyone.
  • The main Welcome to Warwick webpages with lots more helpful information can be found here.
  • You can also follow our PAIS Undergraduate Twitter account or like our Facebook page
  • You can find some useful maps of campus to help you find your locations here.
  • Please check your Warwick email address as we will be sending you important emails.
  • It is very important to attend all your lectures in week 1.

Monday 2nd October

  • There are no other PAIS lectures or seminars on the Monday of week 1. All you need to attend is our welcome meeting.

Tuesday 3rd October

  • There is an additional Q Step welcome meeting for those studying BA Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods. This will be held in S0.08 between 10 and 11am.
  • For those taking PAIS and a Modern Language (French, German, Hispanic Studies and Italian), there is an additional welcome meeting, 10-11am, H0.64.
  • For 1st years undertaking BA Politics and Sociology there is an additonal welcome meeting, 12 and 1pm in S0.08.
  • These meetings will allow you to meet your fellow students and find out more about your joint degree programme.
  • Your first core Introduction to Politics lecture (PO107), with Dr Steve Kettell, takes place in Oculus, OC1.05, between 1 and 2pm, . All students on PAIS degree programmes take this module.
  • The first (optional) Justice, Democracy and Citizenship lecture (PO134) takes place in Oculus, OC0.04, between 3 and 4pm.
  • For Pol/QM students, the first lecture of Introduction to Qualitative Methods (QS103) with Philippe Blanchard, takes place in R3.41 between 3 and 5pm. This is a lecture/seminar in format and for that reason does take place in week 1. This an also an optional 15 CAT module for those studying Politics or Politics and International Studies

Thursday 5th October

  • Your first core Political Research in the 21st Century lecture (PO102), with Dr Justin Greaves, takes place in HO.51 (Humanities Building) between 12 and 1pm.
  • Please note that the above module is only for those studying Politics or Politics and International Studies. You do not need to attend if you are studying Politics and Sociology, Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods, or Politics, International Studies and a Modern Language.
  • Your World Politics (PO130) lecture, with Dr Dominic Kelly, takes place in Oculus, OC1.05 between 1 and 2pm. All students on PAIS degree programmes take this module.
  • Your introduction to Warwick SU and the Intervention Initiative takes place between 5 and 6pm (more details to follow)

Friday 6th October

  • The first (optional) Nine Ideas in International Security lecture (PO135) takes place in H0.52 (Humanities), between 10 and 11am.

The first Introduction to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences 1 (PO.QS 104) lecture takes place on Monday 12th October (week 2) , with Dr Florian Reiche, between 1 and 2pm in the Arts Centre Cinema. This is also an optional 15 CAT module for those studying Politics or Politics and International Studies.