This programme involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100. The programme offers a great deal of choice. In a nutshell: beyond the compulsory philosophy courses, you can put together an approved programme of study according to your interests from a large selection of philosophy options and the tremendous range of outstanding social science courses at LSE.
Students who have taken and passed a one unit language course in each year of their degree (ie, 25 per cent of their overall programme of study) will be offered the opportunity to receive a language specialism attached to their degree certificate and transcript. Students must take all courses in the same language (French, Spanish, German, Mandarin or Russian) in order to qualify for the specialism. The three courses must also be consecutively harder in level, for example: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students who choose to take language courses are not obligated to receive a specialism, but have the option if they wish. Degree certificates which include a language specialism will state the language in the title, for example: BSc Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method (with French).
In your first year, you take three compulsory courses: The Big Questions, Introduction to Logic and either Historical and Global Perspectives or Intermediate Logic. You also select two further courses from the range of options offered by other departments. In addition, you will also take LSE100.
(* denotes a half unit course)
The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy
Provides an introduction to analytical philosophy by using classic and contemporary texts to study a selection of philosophical problems.
Introduction to Logic*
Introduces the basic system of modern formal logic, including propositional logic and predicate logic.
Historical and Global Perspectives on Philosophy*
Explores the multitude of philosophical traditions and schools around the globe, focussing on specific topics of relevance to the philosophical research taking place at LSE.
Focuses on concepts and theories that are useful for a deeper understanding and critical analysis of claims and arguments, both in contemporary philosophical research and in the social and natural sciences.
Two approved outside options
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 the course Philosophy of Science and choose courses to the value of three units from the Philosophy options list, which includes a wide variety of courses in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, including both theoretical and applied moral and political philosophy, philosophy of mind and language, and further logic, as well as some philosophical courses taught outside the department, such as courses on literature and philosophy. One of your courses may be an approved outside option from a range of LSE departments.
Philosophy of Science
Explores the philosophical underpinnings of modern science.
Up to three courses from the philosophy options list (can include an approved outside option)
In the third year, you take up to four courses from the philosophy options list, which again includes some philosophical third year courses taught outside the department, such as Jurisprudence (philosophy of law). One of your courses may be an approved outside option from a range of LSE departments.
Up to four courses from the philosophy options list (can include an 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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You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated undergraduate course and programme information page.