The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100.
(* denotes a half unit course)
In the first year you will take two compulsory courses in politics and one in international relations. You will then choose one course from a range of options both within international relations and in other departments. In addition, you will also take LSE100.
Introduction to Political Science
Examines the comparative analysis of a range of political phenomena, including the forms of states and regimes, theories of elections and voting, political ideologies, the causes and consequences of democracy, and the management of the economy.
Introduction to Political Theory
Examines the foundations of Western political thought, followed by modern political theory.
International Relations: Theories, Concepts and Debates
Examines the theories and concepts designed to explain the nature of contemporary international relations.
One course from a range of options
A half unit, running across Autumn and Winter Term in the first year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students. This innovative and interactive course is designed to build your capacity to tackle multidimensional problems as a social scientist through interdisciplinary, research-rich education.
In the second year you will choose two international relations course from a choice of five, and choose a total of two government options from a specific options list.
Two government options from an approved list
International Political Theory
Combines classical theory with modern ways of explaining and understanding international relations.
Foreign Policy Analysis I
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.
Gives students 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.
In the third year, you will choose a range of courses from government and international relations options. You will also either choose to complete a dissertation in government or international relations, or take further courses. One of your courses can be chosen from outside the departments.
One government option
One international relations option
One international relations option
One outside option
Dissertation in Government
Dissertation in International Relations
One government option to the value of one unit
One international relations option to the value of one unit
One outside option to the value of one unit
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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