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Introduction to the Social Sciences: Years 7-12

This one-day event, repeated through the year, introduces Year 7-12 students to the content and language of the social sciences.

The tour was informative and I learnt a lot about social sciences. The ambassadors were great
Introduction to the Social Sciences participant

Plans for delivery for this programme during 2020/21 are currently suspended due to the pandemic.

In the meantime, there are other opportunities to experience LSE and its campus from school or at home, including blogs, vlogs, videos and an interactive map. 

Please see below for more information about the Introduction to the Social Sciences scheme and how to apply for it. 

When and where does the scheme run?

The Introduction days are held on the LSE campus. 

All sessions run from 10:30am-3:30pm and include a lunch for students.

Applications for 2019/20 have now opened for the following dates:

  • Wednesday 11 December
  • Friday 17 January 
  • Tuesday 11 February
  • Tuesday 18 February 

What activities are included?

  • A brief introduction to the LSE
  • A taster lecture delivered by an LSE Academic or PhD student on a Social Science topic.                                                                                                       

Previous topics have included:

 ‘The Happiness of Economics’ 

‘Is Social Media improving Society?’

‘Exploring why the English drink tea'

An introduction to Econometrics’

‘Why do some people earn more than others?’ 

If there is a particular subject interest, we ask schools to let us know in advance and we will try to accommodate this where possible.

  • LSE student panel
  • Games and competitions led by LSE students that aim to help students explore University life
  • Campus tour

Are there any costs involved?

There is no charge for the scheme, but schools need to arrange and pay for transport to / from the LSE campus. Lunch is provided.

How many school staff should accompany the pupils?

We ask that one or more members of staff accompany your group if selected to attend the scheme. We will confirm details as to numbers of staff required when we confirm the number of places but roughly one per group of 10-15 students.

What training do LSE staff receive?

All staff and students involved in the sessions receive appropriate training before the event. Staff or students working directly and regularly with young people on activities receive specific training on working with children, in line with our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Who is eligible?

Please see our core eligibility criteria

How can I find out more and apply?

Introduction to Social Science Sessions will take place across various dates in 2020. Please check under 'when and where does the scheme run' for a full list of available dates.

You may submit your interest now, by following the link to our online application form here.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that as a result of circumstances or events outside of our control (known as a Force Majeure event), which includes but is not limited to industrial action, official government advice, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises, we may need to cancel an event at short notice.

In the event of a cancellation, a change of venue or date, we will endeavour to notify attendees wherever possible through the contact details given at the time of booking. For the avoidance of doubt, the School will not be liable for any costs you may incur as a result of any cancellation, change of venue or date.