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 philosophy courses, two compulsory politics courses, and will take LSE100.
(* denotes a half unit course)
Introduction to Political Theory
Examines the foundations of Western political thought, followed by modern political theory.
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.
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, predicate logic and the theory of identity.
Intermediate Logic and Probability*
Historical and Global Perspectives on Philosophy*
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 between a range of philosophy and government options, depending on your previous course selection.
Philosophy, Morals and Politics
Concerned with the ethics of harming and saving from harm, as well as moral philosophy and the topic of justice.
Contemporary Political Theory
Provides an advanced introduction to contemporary political theory.
Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Deals with philosophical issues concerning the nature of social scientific theory and its applications.
Philosophy of Science
Explores the different traditions in the philosophy of science.
Courses to the value of two units
In the third year, you will have the opportunity to take more advanced courses in both political science and philosophy. You will have the choice of completing a dissertation in philosophy, or in government, and can take outside options.
Philosophy and Public Policy
Offers critical reflection on the design and evaluation of public policies from the perspective of moral and political philosophy.
Dissertation in Philosophy
One approved option
Courses to the value of two units
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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