The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100.
In the first year you will take two compulsory courses: International Relations: Theories, Concepts and Debates, and Historical Approaches to the Modern World. In addition, you will also take LSE100.
As well as the compulsory courses, you can choose two from: From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century; International Politics since 1914: Peace and War; Faith, Power and Revolution: Europe and the Wider World c1500-1800; Contemporary Issues in International Relations; a language course; and an approved outside option from another department at LSE.
(* denotes a half unit course)
International Relations: Theories, Concepts and Debates
Examines the theories and concepts designed to explain the nature of contemporary international relations.
Historical Approaches to the Modern World
Provides a foundation to allow first-year historians to come to grips with the many different ways in which historians pursue their craft.
From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century
An introductory survey of events outside Europe in the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on the collapse of the Western colonial empires, the development of relations between the West and the new states within Asia and Africa, revolutionary developments in Latin America, and the rise of non-Western models of political development.
International Politics since 1914: Peace and War
Provides an overview of international politics since the early twentieth century, focusing on the origins, course, and impact of the two world wars and the Cold War.
Faith, Power and Revolution: Europe and the Wider World c1500-1800
Provides an introduction to the international history of the early modern period by examining the complex political, religious, military and economic relationships between Europe and the wider world.
Contemporary Issues in International Relations
Provides an opportunity to gain an analytically deeper understanding and reflect critically upon some of the most topical issues that currently confront international relations and which shape the development of the contemporary international order.
One language course option
One approved outside option
A half unit, running across Michaelmas and Lent Term in the first year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and is designed to build your capacity to tackle multidimensional problems through research-rich education.
In the second year you will take two international relations options from a choice of four, and two history options from a range of options.
International Political Theory
Combines classical theory with modern ways of explaining and understanding international relations.
Foreign Policy Analysis 1
Analyses various theoretical perspectives on foreign policy, and the means of conduct of the main actors in the international system towards each other.
Examines major theoretical and empirical aspects of the role of international organisations in international politics.
Provides a thorough introduction to the literature on international security, both theoretical and policy-oriented.
International Political Economy
Examines the role of power and politics in international economic relations.
Two international history options
In the third year, you will take a further course from the choice of options in the second year, and will take courses to the value of one unit from a range of international relations options. You will also take one international history option from a selection. For your final choice you will either take an additional option from these lists, or will complete a dissertation.
One international relations option from the above list
One government or international relations option
One history option
One additional international relations option
One additional history option
One approved outside option
For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.
Where regulations permit, you may also be able to take a language, literature or linguistics option as part of your degree. Information can be found on the Language Centre webpages.
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