UCAS code: L290
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
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Applications 2015: 789
First year students 2015: 27
Either Foreign Policy Analysis 1 or International Organisations (whichever was not taken in second year)
One government option
Either a dissertation or a government or international relations option
One government or international relations 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.
In the first year you will take Introduction to Political Science which provides an introduction to politics in a globalised world, with a focus on how political science tries to understand and explain cross-country and cross-time differences. Concepts of International Society examines the theories and concepts designed to explain the nature of contemporary international relations. You will have the choice of either Introduction to Political Theory, which explores the study of politics and political theory through the thought and texts of some of the most important Western political theorists, or International History since 1890 which deals with the changing character of international politics over the course of the "long twentieth century". A fourth course is chosen from a wide range of options offered by other LSE departments.
Second and third years
The second year consists of International Political Theory which combines classical theory with modern ways of explaining and understanding international relations. You will take Power and Politics in the Modern World: Comparative Perspectives, a contemporary study of comparative politics, and have the choice of either Foreign Policy Analysis 1 which analyses various theoretical perspectives on foreign policy, and the means of conduct of the main actors in the international system towards each other, or International Organisations which examines major theoretical and empirical aspects of the role of international organisations in international politics.
In the third year, you will take either Foreign Policy Analysis 1 or International Organisations (whichever was not taken in the second year) and an additional government option. You also take either a government or international relations option or complete a dissertation in government or international relations. A fourth course can be chosen from either government, international relations or from a wide range of options offered by other LSE departments.