International Relations, Government, Psychology and Society

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Wei Jun, Singapore Management University, Singapore

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The study of International Relations, Government, Psychology and Society is a core activity of scholars at LSE. The departments of International Relations, Government and Sociology were not only amongst the first of their kind, but have remained leading world centres for the development of their respective subjects ever since. Indeed, LSE has long prided itself on maintaining the largest Department of International Relations in Western Europe, while its departments of Government and Sociology, are amongst the largest and best known in Britain.

The teachers involved in the International Relations, Government, Psychology and Society courses are drawn from the academic staff of the International Relations, Government, Economics, Anthropology, Media and Communications and Sociology Departments at LSE, with guest experts invited to contribute where appropriate. All teaching staff have published extensively in the field and many are frequent broadcasters and consultants in their specialist area.

Courses start at £2,300 for one session. See the full fees and payments details here.

Applications to the 2019 LSE Summer School have now closed. Applications to the 2020 LSE Summer School will open in November 2019.

Details of the 2019 International Relations, Government, Psychology and Society courses can be found below:


Session One (17 June – 5 July 2019)

IR106: From Sarajevo to Baghdad: Key Decisions on War and Peace, 1914-2003 
IR115: Culture and Globalisation 
IR130: Athens to Al-Qaeda: Political Theory and International Politics
IR160: The Middle East in Global Politics
IR202: Genocide: History, Theory, Prevention
IR203: An Urbanising World: The Future of Global Cities
IR209: International Political Economy
IR211: America as a Global Power: FDR to Trump 
IR215: The Politics of Humanitarian Interventions
IR245: International Journalism and Society - The Role of the Media in the Modern World
IR270: What Kind of Europe? Crisis, Reform and the International Role of the European Union

Session Two (8 July – 26 July 2019)

IR101: Childhood across Cultures
IR102: Capitalism, Democracy and Equality: The Political Economy of the Advanced Nations 
IR105: Understanding Foreign Policy: the Diplomacy of War, Profit and Justice (Course full)
IR120: Trade, Development and the Environment
IR140: Global Communications, Citizens and Cultural Politics (Course full)
IR200: International Organisation: The Institutions of Global Governance
IR201: Power Shift: The Decline of the West, The Rise of the BRICS and World Order in a New Asian Century
IR204: International Migration, Social Integration and Public Policy
IR210: International Politics: Building Democracies from Conflict
IR250: The Global Politics of Protest and Change

Session Three (29 July – 16 August 2019)

IR100: Great Thinkers and Pivotal Leaders: Shaping the Global Order
IR104: Governing Climate and Environmental Change: Science, Policy and Politics
IR110: Foundations of Psychological Science 
IR205: Islam and Politics
IR206: Revolutions and World Politics
IR207: Development in the International Political Economy
IR214: Public Policy Analysis

Courses may be subject to change without notice.

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