Teaching at LSE takes the form of a mixture of lectures and classes.
Lectures are attended by all the students taking the course, which could include up to several hundred for popular courses.
Classes, by contrast, consist of no more than 15 students. In your classes you will work through questions, problem sets and issues raised in lectures, and you are also expected to contribute your own independently researched ideas to class discussions.
The number of formal contact hours will vary with the type of course you are taking but will normally be between 8 and 12 hours per week. At LSE there is a strong focus on independent, self-motivated study. It is expected that you will spend at least another 20 hours per week pursuing independent study.