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PO921 - Explanation in Social Science

  • Module code: PO921
  • Module name: Explanation in Social Science
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aims of the module are: *To provide advanced-level knowledge of the philosophical arguments relevant to research in the social and political sciences, focusing on the nature and scope of explanation; *To offer a thorough grounding in a range of rival approaches to social and political explanation that draw upon various disciplines including philosophy, political science, international relations, economics, psychology, anthropology and sociology.

Principal learning outcomes

The learning objectives of the module are: To develop the skill of constructing effective philosophical and methodological arguments in relation to substantive issues in the social sciences; *To enable students to analyze and interpret various kinds of social explanation and apply these explanations to topical issues in the social and political sciences, such as gender inequality, evolution and holocaust denial, and suicide missions; *To enable students to develop the ability to produce a substantial piece of academic work that is well-argued and well-researched; *To encourage students to develop the ability to work both independently and as part of a group; By the end of the module, students should have acquired a sound knowledge of key debates in the philosophy of social science and their application to one or more sub-fields of politics and international relations.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x 2 hour seminar per week in Term 1

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/studymasters/pgmodules/po921

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: PO921-20)
A (Assessed work only) 5000 word essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Politics (M1P0) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies with (with NTU Singapore) (M91N) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92N) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93N) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M94N) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M95N) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M96N) - Year 2
  • MA in Research in Politics and International Studies (M9PU) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M9PW) - Year 2
Optional
  • Postgraduate Taught International Political Economy (M1P3) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Politics and East Asia (M1P8) - Year 2
  • MA in International Politics and Europe (M1PA) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies with (with NTU Singapore) (M91F) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies with (with NTU Singapore) (M91P) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92B) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92C) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92D) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92E) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92G) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92H) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92K) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92P) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93B) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93C) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93D) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93E) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93G) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93H) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93J) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93L) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93P) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M94B) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M94C) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M94D) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M94E) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M94G) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M94H) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M94J) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M94L) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M94P) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M95B) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M95C) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M95D) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M95E) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M95G) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M95H) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M95J) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M95L) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M95P) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M96B) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M96C) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M96D) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M96E) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M96G) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M96H) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M96J) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M96L) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M96P) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Relations (M9P9) - Year 2
  • MA in Globalisation and Development (M9PB) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Security (M9PC) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Public Policy (M9PF) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught United States Foreign Policy (M9PQ) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Political and Legal Theory (M9PS) - Year 2
  • MA in International Development (M9PT) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M9PV) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M9PX) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Politics and International Studies: Big Data and Quantitative Methods (M9PY) - Year 2