UCAS code: L230
Usual standard offer: A level: grades A A A
International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level
Other qualifications are considered
For further details, see lse.ac.uk/ug/apply/gov
Applications 2015: 106
First year students 2015: 22
Advanced government option or a dissertation
Advanced government option or a government option
Government option or an approved outside option
Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to exceptional circumstances or events outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses or programmes of study and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the lse.ac.uk/cal/ug/updates page.
Two of your courses will be in government. Introduction to Political Science examines the comparative analysis of a range of political phenomena, including the forms of states and regimes, theories of elections and voting, political ideologies, the causes and consequences of democracy, and the management of the economy. Introduction to Political Theory examines the foundations of Western political thought, followed by modern political theory. For your two remaining courses, you may choose from a range of social science options on offer across the subject areas taught at LSE. There will be departmental recommendations on the choice of appropriate outside options.
Second and third years
In the second year you will take a broad range of government courses covering the different subfields of political science. These are designed to give you a grasp of the comprehensive character of the study of politics. There is also provision for the study of an outside option in the second year.
In the third year you will take more advanced courses which follow on from the areas of study introduced in the second year. Opportunities are available to specialise in areas which interest you most, ie, comparative politics, political theory or public policy. You can choose to take a government dissertation and there is a further opportunity to take an outside option in the third year.