This programme involves studying courses to the value of 12 units, plus LSE100. The programme introduces you to social policy and then progresses to more advanced topics and more detailed examination of specialist areas within the respective disciplines. It culminates in the third year with a dissertation in which you use what you have learned through your first and second year courses and specialist options, to conduct independent research in a relevant area.
For students choosing to take the Development specialism, your dissertation will focus on an area of international development and you will take Development and Social Change in the second year. For other students, this course is optional.
There are two compulsory courses in the first year. You will choose two courses from a range of options, and you will also take LSE100.
(* denotes a half unit course)
Understanding International Social and Public Policy
Gives you a framework for understanding how and why societies have developed a variety of institutional arrangements to promote people's wellbeing, focusing on key developments in different areas of social policy, such as social security, education, housing, health and social care.
Foundations of Social Policy Research
Examines the role research plays in social policy making and introduces the range of approaches used to understand social problems and policy responses.
Courses to the value of two units from:
Social Economics and Policy
Provides an introduction to theories and concepts of social economics; it considers how the market economy affects people’s lives and looks at the arguments for and against government intervention in different social policy areas.
Sociology and Social Policy
Provides an introduction to sociology and applies sociological perspectives to social policy fields and issues.
Politics of Social Policy Making
Introduces students to the way in which social and public policies are developed.
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.
There are two compulsory courses in the second year. You will choose options from social policy and/or from another Department to the value of two units. If you choose to take the Development specialism, you will take the Development and Social Change course.
Comparative and International Social and Public Policy
Examines and compares the distinct challenges of welfare provision faced by industrialised states and those in the Global South.
Social Research Methods for Policy Practice
Offers a comprehensive introduction to methods of social research in social policy.
Two options, one of which can be from another Department.
Development and Social Change^
Introduces the concept of development and explores its relationship to social policy.
In the third year, you complete a disseration and select three social policy options.
Students independently research a relevant topic of their own choice and design.
Options from social policy or another Department to the value of three units
^ This course is compulsory for students taking the specialism in Development
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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