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QS104 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences I

  • Module code: QS104
  • Module name: Introduction to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences I
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The principal aims of this module are: • To introduce students to the importance of quantitative methods in the social sciences; • To introduce students to the tasks of conceptualisation, operationalization and measurement in quantitative social science; • To introduce students to descriptive statistics and their empirical application, as well as to the principle of statistical inference; • To provide hands-on experience of using software for introductory data analysis in this context.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to: • Understand the importance of conceptualisation and measurement in conducting quantitative research; • Understand basic elements of core descriptive statistics; • Conduct basic quantitative analysis using secondary survey data; • Begin to critically engage with quantitative findings in social science journal articles.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures are typically scheduled to Monday, 1-2 pm, starting week 2 (Timetabled Teaching Activities are not finalised until September). You will also be required to attend 1 x 2 hour Seminar each week (you must choose your Seminar at the start of term).

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/q-step/study/modules/qs104/

Other essential notes

This is a core module, which is supported by funding from the Nuffield/ESRC/HEFCE as part of the Q-Step degrees in ‘Sociology and Quantitative Methods’ and ‘Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: QS104-15)
A1 (Assessed work only) First Summative Report (750 words) 15%
  Final Summative Report (2000 words) 85%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed work (visiting exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • BA in Sociology (L301) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Quantitative Methods (L311) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Global Sustainable Development (L3L8) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (M162) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (ML13) - Year 1
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (ML34) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 1
Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Liberal Arts (LA99) - Year 1
Optional
  • BA in Sociology (L303) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (L304) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (L305) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L308) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L309) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L310) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Politics (M100) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Politics (M100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics (M100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics (with Intercalated Year) (M101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics with International Studies (M160) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (M16A) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (M16A) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (M16A) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (with Intercalated Year) (M16B) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and German (without Year Abroad) (M16D) - Year 3