BSc in Social Policy and Economics

Programme Code: UBSPEC

Department: Social Policy

For students starting this programme of study in 2018/19

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the BA/BSc degrees (other than four-year BA/BSc degrees)

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)

See note

LSE100 The LSE Course: Understanding the causes of things

Year 1

Paper 1

SA100 The Foundations of Social Policy (1.0)

Paper 2

EC100 Economics A (1.0) # or


EC102 Economics B (1.0) # A

Paper 3

MA107 Quantitative Methods (Mathematics) (0.5) # and ST107 Quantitative Methods (Statistics) (0.5) #

Paper 4

SA104 Social Economics, Politics and Policy (1.0) #

Year 2

Paper 5

SA219 Comparative and International Social Policy (1.0) #

Paper 6

EC201 Microeconomic Principles I (1.0) #

Paper 7

One of the following: B


EC210 Macroeconomic Principles (1.0) # or


EC220 Introduction to Econometrics (1.0) #

Paper 8

SA201 Research Methods for Social Policy (1.0)

Year 3

Paper 9

SA349 Dissertation (1.0)

Paper 10

EC325 Public Economics (1.0) #

Papers 11

If EC210 was taken under Paper 7, then courses to the value of 1.0 unit from the following:


EC230 Economics in Public Policy (1.0) #


EC301 Advanced Economic Analysis (1.0) #


EC302 Political Economy (1.0) #


EC303 Economic Policy Analysis (1.0) #  (withdrawn 2018/19)


EC311 History of Economics: How Theories Change (1.0)


EC315 International Economics (1.0) #


FM212 Principles of Finance (1.0) #



If EC220 was taken under Paper 7, then courses to the value of 1.0 unit from the following:


EC230 Economics in Public Policy (1.0) #


EC302 Political Economy (1.0) #


EC311 History of Economics: How Theories Change (1.0)


EC313 Industrial Economics (1.0) #


EC317 Labour Economics (1.0) #


FM212 Principles of Finance (1.0) #

Paper 12

Courses to the value of 1.0 unit(s) from the following:

Social Policy Selection List


LSE100 is taken by all students in the Lent Term of Year 1 and the Michaelmas Term of Year 2. The course is compulsory but does not affect the final degree classification.

Social Policy Selection List

SA204 Education Policy (1.0)

SA217 Psychology of Crime and Criminal Justice (1.0)

SA218 Criminological Perspectives (1.0)

SA221 Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy (1.0)

SA223 Health and Social Care Policy (1.0)

SA224 Introduction to Global Population Change (1.0) #

SA250 Demographic Description and Analysis (1.0) #  (withdrawn 2017/18)

SA302 Assessing Social Progress (1.0) #

SA303 Sexuality, Everyday Lives and Social Policy in Developing Countries (0.5)

SA309 Crime Control: Ideas and Controversies (1.0)

SA319 Social Security Policies (1.0) (third year only)


A : EC102 course allocation dependent on Economics A-level or equivalent background. See course guides for further information.

B : The course chosen at Paper 7 will determine the choice of options in Year 3. See Papers 11 and 12 for more information.

C : SA101 cannot be taken in Year 3.

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

It is not always possible to offer students a place on each of their preferred courses. This is particularly the case where courses are offered outside the Department of Social Policy (ie not prefixed with 'SA').

Note for prospective students:

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