The LSE Course: Understanding the causes of things
This information is for the 2019/20 session.
Dr Jessica Templeton KSW 4.06
Academics from a range of LSE departments contribute to the course.
Compulsory course on all undergraduate programmes: students complete Term 1 in Lent Term of their first year and Term 2 in Michaelmas Term of their second year. The course is not available to General Course students or to second-year direct-entry students.
The course introduces students to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist. As no complex issue can be fully understood through the lens of a single discipline, LSE100 explores pressing social issues from the perspective of different fields of social science. The goal of the course is to enable students to complement intellectual grounding in their discipline with a broad understanding of different ways of thinking. In two ten-week modules, the course will ask ‘big’ questions, such as: ‘Is there a path to global food security?’ Using such questions as guides, students will explore different types of evidence, forms of explanation and strategies for abstraction and modelling that are used across the social sciences. The aim is not only to broaden students' intellectual experience, but also to deepen their critical understanding of their own disciplines. LSE100’s focus on the core elements of social scientific reasoning will be accompanied by a strong emphasis on critical thinking, data visualisation, research and communication skills.
15 hours of classes and 5 hours of specialized online lectures, plus optional workshops, in the MT. 15 hours of classes and 5 hours of specialized online lectures, plus optional workshops, in the LT.
Formative activities will be completed in class and may include writing assignments or data analysis tasks.
Readings are module-specific. Class reading packs are available from the LSE100 Moodle site, along with additional reading and resource recommendations, and can be provided in hard copy on request.
In both terms, students will write a summatively-assessed persuasive academic argument and work with a group of their peers on a project related to the modules. The group project will be completed in the first half of each term, and the written work will be due at the end of term. The written work and group projects are each worth 25% of the student’s final mark. Students receive a numeric mark and overall grade for the course of Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail.
Total students 2018/19: Unavailable
Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable
Capped 2018/19: No
Value: Non-credit bearing
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills