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MSc in Global Politics

Programme Code: TMGLPO2

Department: Government

For students starting this programme of study in 2018/19

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

The MSc includes a core course, GV4K4 The Politics of Globalization (Paper 1) which all students must take. It draws on specialist knowledge from across the LSE's Politics staff to offer a comprehensive introduction to the changing structure of the global order, and the contemporary challenges of global politics. The rest of the MSc allows considerable choice of options whilst seeking to blend a global focus with more detailed thematic or regional knowledge. All students must write a 10,000 word dissertation.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to staff sabbaticals and research leave, the School cannot guarantee that all the courses listed below will be available.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Paper 1

GV4K4 The Politics of Globalization (0.5)

Paper 2

GV499 Dissertation (1.0) A

Papers 3 & 4

Courses to the value of 2.5 units from the following. Access to the optional courses is not necessarily guaranteed and may require the permission of the course coordinator; please consult the individual course guides for further information on availability:


DV413 Environmental Problems and Development Interventions (0.5) #


DV415 Global Environmental Governance (0.5)


DV418 African Development (0.5)


DV420 Complex Emergencies (0.5)


DV421 Global Health and Development (0.5)


DV424 International Institutions and Late Development (0.5)


DV428 Managing Humanitarianism (0.5)


DV429 Global Civil Society (0.5)  (withdrawn 2018/19)


DV434 Human Security (0.5)


EH446 Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia (1.0) #


EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th Centuries (1.0)


EU431 European Integration from a Global Perspective (0.5) #  (not available 2018/19)


EU443 European Models of Capitalism (0.5)


EU457 Culture and Security in Global Politics (0.5)


EU473 Informal Governance (0.5) #  (not available 2018/19)


EU481 The Future: Political Responses to a Challenge (0.5)


GI409 Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction (0.5)


GI420 Globalisation, Gender and Development: Theorising Policy and Practice (0.5)


GI421 Sexuality, Gender and Culture (0.5) #


GI422 Sexuality, Gender and Globalisation (1.0) 1


GI423 Globalisation and Sexuality (0.5) # 2


GV427 Democracy in East and South Asia (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)


GV432 Government and Politics in China (0.5)


GV441 States and Markets (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)


GV442 Globalisation and Democracy (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)


GV443 The State and Political Institutions in Latin America (0.5)


GV444 Democracy and Development in Latin America (0.5)


GV465 War, Peace and Politics of National Self-Determination (0.5)


GV479 Nationalism (1.0)  (withdrawn 2018/19)


GV4A5 International Migration and Immigration Management (0.5)


GV4C2 Globalisation, Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)


GV4C9 Globalization and Democratization in Southeast Asia (0.5)


GV4D3 Local Power in an Era of Globalization, Democratization, and Decentralization (0.5)


GV4D4 The Politics of Inequality and Redistribution (0.5)


GV4E1 Comparative Democratization in a Global Age (0.5)


GV4E8 Conflict and Institutional Design in Divided Societies (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)


GV4F2 Popular Politics in the Middle East (0.5)


GV4F9 The Challenges of Governance and Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa (0.5)


GV4G5 The History and Politics of the Modern Middle East (1.0)  (withdrawn 2018/19)


GV4H2 Contemporary India: The World's Largest Democracy in the Early 21st Century (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)


GV4J4 Citizen Representation and Democracy in the European Union (0.5)


GV4J8 Middle East Politics in Transnational Perspective (0.5)


GY421 Gender and Development : Geographical Perspectives (0.5) #  (not available 2018/19)


IR412 International Institutions (1.0)


IR416 The EU in the World (1.0) #


IR419 International Relations of the Middle East (1.0) #


IR449 Conflict and Peacebuilding (0.5) #


IR455 Economic Diplomacy (0.5)


IR461 Islam in World Politics (1.0)


IR462 Introduction to International Political Theory (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)


IR464 The Politics of International Law (0.5)


IR466 Genocide (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)


IR467 Global Environmental Politics (0.5)


IR471 The Situations of the International Criminal Court (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)


IR479 Russia in World Politics (0.5) #


IR480 Globalisation and the State in Developing Countries (0.5)


IR481 Europe, the US and Arab-Israeli Relations (0.5) #  (not available 2018/19)


IR482 Russia and Eurasia: Foreign and Security Policies (1.0) #  (withdrawn 2018/19)


LL4C2 World Poverty and Human Rights (0.5) #


MG476 Corporate Social Responsibility and International Labour Standards (0.5) #


Or a course not listed approved by the MSc Convenor.

Prerequisite Requirements and Mutually Exclusive Options

1 : GI422 can not be taken with GI423

2 : GI423 can not be taken with GI422


A : Students must pass this course in order to pass the degree.

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.