Each student participating in this programme will complete two full academic years in total (one each at Columbia and LSE). The programme also includes the writing of a Dissertation or Applied Policy Project, which will be prepared and assessed at LSE in year two.
First year, at Columbia
The first year is spent at Columbia University. Students will join the MA in European History, Politics and Society, on their own track.
In addition to the Columbia-LSE Colloquium, students take concentration and elective courses.
Second year, at LSE
The second year runs from September until September of the following year. Students will join the MSc Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe, on their own stream.
You will also take EU410 Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Design to prepare for the dissertation and attend EU450 Engaging with Europe: Professional Skills. EU450 is a programme designed for your professional development which offers additional training sessions, and thematic workshops throughout the year.
(* denotes a half unit)
Two from the below five compulsory course options:
Democracy, Ideology and the European State*
Investigates various ways in which the State's authority to act has been underpinned in Europe, both ideologically and institutionally, in the modern period.
Culture and Security in Global Politics*
Considers problems and practices of ethnic diversity in a world of nation-states, including the rights of minorities and migrants, self-determination, ethnic cleansing and genocide, humanitarian intervention, and the role of the media in (de)constructing narratives of difference.
The Culture of European Politics*
Explores the dynamic relationship between culture and politics in the modern period, as well as of the landmark efforts by thinkers as diverse as Kant, Marx, Habermas and Fukuyama to theorise this relationship.
Globalisation, Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction*
Offers a theoretically informed account of the challenges faced by countries transitioning from conflict to peace in the era of globalisation, and examines them empirically in reference to examples from the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East.
The Americas and Europe*
Aims at understanding America both as a European project and as an American project that inevitably gazes back at Europe.
An independent research project of up to 10,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.
Applied Policy Project
European Politics, Conflict and Culture: LSE-Columbia European Seminar (unassessed)
Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Design (unassessed)
Engaging with Europe: Professional Skills (unassessed)
This is a programme of guest lectures from distinguished outside speakers, including business leaders and policy-makers and is designed for your professional development.
Courses to the value of two units from a range of options
For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.
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