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LSE100 recognised in Teaching Excellence award

University Awards 2013 runner upLSE100 has been named runner-up in the Teaching Excellence category at the inaugural Guardian University Awards| on Wednesday 27 February.

LSE100 known as ‘The LSE Course: understanding the causes of things’ is the most significant reform to LSE undergraduate education in three decades. It is an innovative interdisciplinary course that introduces LSE undergraduates to the different ways of thinking like a social scientist, by exploring some of the great debates of our time from the perspectives of different disciplines.

LSE100 uses important issues of public debate to motivate investigations of research methods and the need for academic thinking. Contrasting disciplinary approaches are examined in the small weekly classes, where students investigate the methodological choices underlying different approaches. Students are called on to reach their own conclusions, and to back up their positions with cogent reasoning and relevant supporting evidence in written essays or presentations.

A high level of training and support works to create a cohesive and effective teaching team, recognised by the Investors in People Bronze award in 2010, which promotes consistent quality in delivery while also, crucially, feeding back into continuous review and development of course content.

Dr Jonathan Leape, director of LSE100, said: “I am delighted that LSE100 has been recognised for its innovation in this way. It’s a tribute to the tremendous team effort that has gone into developing and delivering the course.

“LSE100 has pioneered a new approach to supporting the development of intellectual breadth, in a higher education environment of increasing academic specialisation, while strengthening students’ higher order academic skills.”

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ENDS

Posted 28 February 2013

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