This three-year degree provides core training in the theoretical, empirical and multi-disciplinary perspectives in Politics and International Studies with an emphasis on statistical research skills.
This degree enables you to develop a strong grounding in the discipline of Politics and International Studies while also gaining advanced skills in Quantitative Methodologies. The critical analysis of political ideas and global politics is a central theme of the degree course and you will examine a variety of theories and empirical evidence that confront contemporary and historical issues in international relations. There will be a particular emphasis on training in Quantitative Methods that will enable you to engage more fully with opinion surveys, government statistics, large data sets, and other aspects of the fast-developing digital society. These statistical skills, coupled with rigorous academic training in the discipline of politics, are increasingly required in today’s global job market.
Questions tackled when you study Politics, international Studies and Quantitative Methods include:
- What is power, who has it, and how is it used?
- How might we measure violence globally?
How does terrorism threaten our security?
What data can show how globalisation affects inequality and injustice?
What is the political relationship between states and markets?
How are government and official statistics used to control states?
What is the probability of the Labour Party winning the next general election?
How are voting statistics used to influence and manipulate views?
You will be taught by a wide range of staff with international research profiles across a number of subfields including political theory, comparative politics, international relations, international security, international political economy, political systems and the methods to study politics.
In each year you will take four modules of equal weight (or the equivalent number, in the case of half module options). As the years progress, you will take a decreasing proportion of core modules and specialise your degree with an increasing proportion of optional modules. There will be a number of special opportunities to deepen your skills in Quantitative Methods including an annual week-long QM Spring Camp, a three-week paid work placement at the end of the second year, and a dissertation in the final year.
Choosing Warwick to study Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods is the best choice I have made so far. I chose Warwick over the other universities because both the degree and the department offer a broad range of opportunities that create an outstanding studying experience for students. The degree provides a specific range of quantitative analysis tools, which is quite unique at an undergraduate level. It has helped me to deepen my understanding of the world, so that I am able to develop in-depth and detailed political research skills. Furthermore, the degree offers a three-week long paid internship after the 2nd year, which is really exciting! The social life on campus is really fantastic too. There is always a way to get involved and I usually have to choose what event to attend. Between the PAIS Film Club, conferences, various socials and societies events: the opportunities are just countless Paul Wang, BA Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods 2017
Phillipe Blanchard and Florian Reiche