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QS202 - Intermediate Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences I

  • Module code: QS202
  • Module name: Intermediate Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences I
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The main aim of this module is to correctly interpret non-linear regressions, and to understand and use models with qualitative variables. The module builds on the classical linear regression model covered in “Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Science” (BA year 1), to study estimation and inference problems. The theory is presented at an intermediate technical level, and students are trained on how to use and understand modern computer software. Matrix algebra and some calculus are used to derive a number of important results, while the STATA program is used for practical applications.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to understand how and when to apply inferential statistics, as well as some elementary multivariate statistics; gain critical awareness of the limitations of linear and non-linear regression techniques; and gain extensive hands-on experience of using software for data analysis in this context.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x Lecture and 1 x Seminar per week in term 1.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/q-step/study/modules/qs202

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: QS202-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 10%
Examination - January 90%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Quantitative Methods (L311) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (M162) - Year 2
Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Law and Sociology (ML33) - Year 3
Optional
  • BA in Sociology (L303) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (L304) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (L305) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L308) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L309) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L310) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law and Sociology (ML33) - Year 2
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (ML34) - Year 2
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (ML34) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 2