LSE100 aims, in the first instance, to give you a broader and deeper understanding of what it is to think like a social scientist.
You will learn the core elements of social scientific reasoning and how they are applied across a broad range of social sciences. Whichever course you take at the School, your studies will touch on the common themes of evidence, explanation and theory. LSE100 uses important issues and debates to explore each of these themes.
LSE100 also aims to strengthen your critical research and communication skills. Regardless of which course you take at LSE, you will need these skills to succeed. These skills are also highly valued by employers.
The LSE100 lectures explore how social scientists address important questions facing society, examining different forms of evidence, assessing competing explanations and exploring alternative ways of conceptualising problems. Then, in the classes, you look at some of this evidence and are asked to draw conclusions, developing your arguments in writing and debating the positions taken.
Learning how to evaluate evidence, how to assess positions and to think critically, how to structure arguments and how to argue persuasively orally and in writing are all part of the course. A full list of the LSE100 learning outcomes can be viewed here.
The big questions explored by LSE100 in Lent Term 2014 were "How should we manage climate change?", "Do nations matter in a global world?" and "Why are great events so difficult to predict?". In Michaelmas Term, LSE100 students explore a new set of questions, including "What caused the financial crisis?" and "Is punishment the answer to crime?"
Further information is available in the LSE100 brochure and LSE staff and students can explore the LSE100 Moodle site (LSE username required).