UCAS code: L301 BSc/Soc
Programme requirement: A level Sociology is not a requirement
Usual standard offer: A level: grades A A B
International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level
Other qualifications are considered
For further details see lse.ac.uk/ugAdmissionsCriteria
Applications 2012: 285
First year students 2012: 32
Our degree aims to:
Provide students with a critical understanding of societies and the forms they take
Provide students with an understanding of the major sociological perspectives and debates within the discipline
To familiarise students with issues and debates in a range of different sub-disciplines within Sociology
Provide students with foundational knowledge of social research methods and their application within the discipline
Encourages students to think critically, and to engage with theoretical and empirical research in order to develop rigorous, critical and independent thought
In order to achieve these aims our degree begins with a foundational year that introduces the key concepts, theories and some methods in Sociology, before progressing to more advanced discussions of theory and methods, and more detailed examination of specialist areas within the discipline. The degree culminates in the third year with the sociological project in which students use what they have learned in their foundational first and second year courses, and specialist options, to independently research a sociological topic of their own choice.
Sociological Project (10,000 word essay)
Two approved second or third year sociology options
One second or third year sociology option or one option in another department
There are three compulsory courses, and one optional course, in the first year. The first year focuses on the Key Concepts in Sociology, introducing sociological theories and the different approaches to conceptual analysis and development within our discipline. Key Issues in Contemporary Society provides an overview of some of the most important issues in contemporary society - for example, class, power and inequality; money, work; gender, sexuality; race and ethnicity; illness and deviance; in a comparative context. Students also take an introductory course on Statistical Methods for Social Research and a course of their own choice from another department. This can include a language.
Second and third years
There are two core courses in the second year. Sociological Analysis that explores key sociological issues through critical readings of empirical research studies exploring the connections between theoretical arguments and the practice of social enquiry; and Researching London: An Introduction to Research Methods that outlines the key qualitative and quantitative techniques that are needed in order to design and conduct sociological research. Students also take two other courses, one of which is selected from within Sociology (see indicative list of options below), while the other can be a course in another LSE Department or from the list of Sociology options below.
All first and second year students at LSE also take the LSE 100 course and this introduces students to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist. This occurs in the Lent Term of their first year and in the Michaelmas Term of their second year.
In the third year students complete the Sociological Project where what they have learned in their foundational first and second year courses, and specialist options, is employed to independently research a sociological topic of the student’s own choice and design. Students also select a further two Sociology options and another option from outside the Department.
The following options are indicative of the range taught in the Department of Sociology.
Political Sociology: explores how political and social factors interact to produce the societies in which we live
Social Psychology: theories and concepts of social psychology
Gender and Society: gender relations and inequality
Sociology of Health and Medicine: health, illness and the institution of medicine
Work, Management and Globalisation: contemporary perspectives on employment, labour markets, globalisation
The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: dealing with key social divisions in the contemporary world; exploring the theory and history of racial and ethnic studies
Societal Psychology: Theory and Applications: applying social psychology to real world situations
Human Rights, Social Suffering and Justice: dealing with key frameworks for thinking about human rights, violations of human rights such as genocide, and justice for human rights violations
Crime, Deviance and Control: explores key criminological theories and ideas about crime, deviance and social control
Personal Life, Intimacy and the Family: provides an overview of debates about the sociology of the family
Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.
The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.