Each course generally comprises a series of lectures and seminars. Lectures are intended to provide students with an overview of a particular subject-area, its related concepts and issues, and to introduce the most important relevant academic literature. This can mean that lectures will often not be able to achieve the depth of coverage that you will find in the relevant literature. Lectures also provide you with exposure to the individual styles and approaches of different teachers at LSE.
We strongly encourage you to attend lectures both in your subjects and in other areas that interest you; we hope that you will find many of the lectures available in the department and in the School interesting and stimulating.
Many lectures are recorded and made available as video podcasts. The recording of other lectures requires the consent of the lecturers, who may also distribute lecture notes and slides at their own discretion. The LSE Disability and Wellbeing Service can put in place Inclusion Plans to help you.
In addition to lectures, teaching is conducted in seminars. These are usually held weekly over the period of the course, with students allocated to groups of, normally, ten to fifteen students. Each course has a Course Co-ordinator responsible for its overall organisation (as indicated in the online Graduate Course Guides), but lectures and seminars may be taught by other department academics.
While lectures can attract large numbers of students, seminars are limited in size and provide an opportunity for students to give presentations and discuss issues raised in the academic literature. Students are expected to supplement formal contact hours by extensive reading, preparation for seminars and formative coursework. Reading lists, and, in many cases, lecture handouts, are provided on the dedicated course Moodle page (see FAQ General Question 9 and Question 10 below).