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Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods degree structure

Learning style and contact time | Assessment | Degree structure

Learning style and contact time

Warwick operates on a three term basis with all PAIS modules running for the full year and students can normally expect to take four modules in each year of their degree. Teaching follows a pattern of weekly lectures and seminars supplemented by a range of innovative teaching and learning techniques including group work, screening of relevant documentaries and films, and the use of web-based material. Guest speakers are sometimes invited to share their experiences or research. Every student is also given the opportunity to make at least one seminar presentation on the topic of their choice in each module and focused open debates in seminars are encouraged. Students will also write a number of formative essays for which they will receive extensive feedback in preparation for their module assessments.

Students will typically have eight hours per week of classroom contact with faculty. However, if further help is needed, all PAIS faculty hold at least two office hours each week during which their students can bring questions about their modules and assessment. These meetings offer excellent opportunities to discuss your progress on a one-to-one basis with faculty. Each PAIS student is also assigned a Personal Tutor who is responsible for monitoring their progress on their degree.


Assessment on PAIS modules is mainly through a combination of examinations and extended essays at the end of each year. In almost all modules, second and third year students have the option to either take a full three hours examination or write a 3000 word essay and sit an hour and a half examination. Final year students have the option to write two 3000 word essays instead of sitting an examination on some of their modules. Final year students can also choose to research and write a 10,000 word dissertation in place of one of their modules.

Yearly structure

Year 1

1. Core module: Introduction to Politics
2. Core module: World Politics
3. Core module: Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences 1

4. Core module: Introduction to Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences II

5. Core module: Introduction to Qualitative Methods

6. Core module: Option in PAIS or cognate department

Year 2

1. Core module: Political Theory from Hobbes
2. Core module: Core Issues in Comparative Politics

3. Core module: Intermediate Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences 1

4.Intermediate Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences II

5. Option List: Any second-year PAIS module
Quantitative Methods Spring Camp [EASTER]

Year 3

Four modules, including:

1. Core Module: Numbers in the Workplace - Placement [To take place in Summer of Year 2];

2. Core module: Advanced Quantitative Methods

3. Option List : Any third-year PAIS module/s (at least one)
4. Core module: Quantitative Dissertation