PIPS (Puzzles in Political Science): an academic module bank for political science courses

PIPS (Puzzles in Political Science): An Academic Module Bank for Political Science Courses


This project seeks to develop an online international relations/political science ‘puzzle bank.’ The system will offer a selection of thoroughly researched and well-presented modules built around empirical puzzles. Each such module would present the puzzle, include related media (maps, graphs, photos, and videos), link to a selection of articles, books and data sets, list potential research questions, and provide structured space for collaboration.

The proposed PIPS system will develop both the technological platform as well as the needed content in order to encourage a Problem-based Learning (PBL) approach to the teaching of political science, regardless of class size, both in regular classes as well as in remote-learning settings. Despite a growing interest in PBL among political science scholars, there has been no serious attempt to develop the resources needed for PBL-centered undergraduate courses in the discipline. The proposed PIPS system seeks to fill-up this glaring lacuna. If successful, it will offer an innovative supplement, or even an alternative, to the good old textbook.


Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Science

Project lead(s)

Lilach Gilady, Assistant Professor

Year LEAF Granted


Funding Stream


LEAF Priority Area(s)

Curriculum Design
Learning Systems


Impact of the Project on Students

It will encourage critical thinking amongst students and provide them with the opportunity to think outside of the realm of the textbook alone by engaging in puzzle based problems.

Impact of the Project on Faculty

Resources Developed from the Project

Partnership(s) Developed

Future Plans