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BSc Government and History


UCAS code: LV21

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/ugAdmissionsCriteria

Applications 2013:

First year students 2013:

This joint honours degree combines courses from the fields of government and history in approximately equal weighting. However, you will have a considerable amount of choice in how you balance your study and in the specific courses taken within each of the two fields.

The aim is to provide you with a good insight into the interaction between political ideas and institutions on the one hand, and historical developments on the other. The emphasis is largely, although by no means exclusively, on the modern period, and an optional element of economic history is included.

First year:

Second year:

  • Two history options (national or international)
  • Two government options
  • LSE100 (Michaelmas term only)

Third year:

  • One government option 
  • One history option
  • One government or history option or a history dissertation
  • One government or history option, or an approved outside option or a government dissertation

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.

Programme details

First year

In the first year you have the choice of either Introduction to Political Science or Introduction to Political Theory.

In An Introduction to Political Science, you will study 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 you will study the foundations of western political thought, followed by modern political theory. You then have the choice of one from, From Empire to Independence: the Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century: War and Society from the Renaissance to the Napoleonic Era c1500-1815; or International History Since 1890.

From Empire to Independence: the Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century offers an introductory survey of events outside Europe in the twentieth century. War and Society from the Renaissance to the Napoleonic Era c.1500-1815 provides a broad, thematic study of war and society from the early sixteenth century to the end of the Napoleonic Wars. International History since 1890 explores the history of international relations from the 1890s through the 1990s. There will be departmental recommendations on the choice of appropriate outside options

Second and third years

In the second year students will get an opportunity to take further courses in history and government. In their third year, students will get an opportunity to take more advanced courses in both political science and history. Students get the opportunity to choose from some courses which are taught in small group seminars. They also have the possibility to select a course assessed by a dissertation.