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LSE100 shortlisted for Teaching Excellence award

LSE 100 logoLSE100 ‘The LSE Course: understanding the causes of things’ has been shortlisted for a Teaching Excellence award in the inaugural Guardian University Awards. LSE is one of three universities to be shortlisted in the category, which is sponsored by The Higher Education Academy.

LSE100 is the most significant reform to LSE undergraduate education in three decades. It is an innovative interdisciplinary course that introduces LSE undergraduates to the different ways of thinking like a social scientist, by exploring some of the great debates of our time from the perspectives of different disciplines.

Important issues of public debate motivate investigations of research methods and the need for academic thinking. Contrasting disciplinary approaches are examined in the small weekly classes, where students investigate the methodological choices underlying different approaches. Students are called on to reach their own conclusions, and to back up their positions with cogent reasoning and relevant supporting evidence in written essays or presentations.

Classes are task-based, with students working in small groups, enabling class teachers to give real time feedback. Required one-to-one feedback sessions feed forward to the next assignment, accompanied by written comments, audio feedback on group work and collective feedback on summative assessments. Another key feature is the embedding of interactive learning technologies throughout the course. Finally, a high level of training and support works to create a cohesive and effective teaching team, recognised by the Investors in People Bronze award in 2010, which promotes consistent quality in delivery while also, crucially, feeding back into continuous review and development of course content.

Dr Jonathan Leape, director of LSE100, said: ‘LSE100 has pioneered a new approach to supporting the development of intellectual breadth, in a higher education environment of increasing academic specialisation, while strengthening students’ higher order academic skills. I am delighted that the Guardian has shortlisted us for this award; like every other aspect of LSE100, this was the product of a real team effort.’

The winners will be announced at the Guardian University Awards on Wednesday 27 February 2013.

Posted on Wednesday 19 December 2012