LSE100: The LSE Course
LSE100: The LSE Course is LSE's flagship interdisciplinary course for undergraduate students. It is designed to broaden and deepen students' engagement with social scientific analysis by using pressing social issues as case studies for exploration of the ways different theories, methods and evidence can shape our understanding of events and phenomena. LSE100 brings you into the heart of the LSE tradition of engaging with big questions, with lectures by leading researchers and small, interactive classes that challenge you to confront different kinds of evidence, assess competing explanations for social phenomena, and decide which of these are most compelling. Whatever your degree course, LSE100 will enhance your education and experience at the School by complementing your disciplinary training with an understanding of different ways of thinking, learning from debating and collaborating with students from other disciplines and cultural backgrounds, and building your methodological, analytical and communication skills.
All undergraduates take LSE100 in the second term of their first year and the first term of their second year. In each of these terms you will participate in two five-week modules, each of which explores a key social issue from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Each week you will attend a two-hour lecture delivered by one or more leading LSE academics, and you will further explore these ideas in collaboration with a small group of students in a one-hour class. Two of the four current LSE modules are:
Is nationalism a source of social cohesion or conflict?
In this module we will explore how nations and nation-states shape our world, structure social practice, and influence individual and collective identities. Working with a group of your peers, you will conduct a research project to analyse the importance of nationality and nationalism as a source of cohesion or conflict.
Is punishment the answer to crime?
In this module we explore the challenges of defining, measuring and understanding the complex relationship between crime and punishment. We critically the way crime data are presented in the media and compare data from different countries to consider the ways in which crime and punishment influence (or are influenced by) broader social, political and economic contexts.
LSE100 is assessed using a series of pieces of coursework that are designed to develop a range of skills, including critical thinking, persuasive written and oral argumentation, and mixed-methods research, and teamwork. Building on a variety of formative work that you will complete both during and outside of class, summative assessments include essays, group projects, and "portfolio questions" that develop your quantitative and qualitative analytical skills. The final grade for LSE100 appears on your transcript, but does not affect your degree classification. You will be given more information about LSE100 during orientation week, and you will see it listed on your timetable on LSE for You. You can read more about LSE100 on the website lse.ac.uk/LSE100 and follow us on Twitter (@TheLSECourse). If you have any questions about LSE100, please email the Course Office: LSE100@lse.ac.uk.
Welcome to the LSE100 Course, Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE
Welcome to the LSE100 Course, Professor George Gaskell, Director fo LSE100
LSE staff and students can explore the LSE100 Moodle site [LSE username required].