International Relations, Government, Psychology and Society

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International Relations

The study of International Relations, Government, Psychology and Society is a core activity of scholars at LSE. The departments of International Relations, Government and Sociology were not only amongst the first of their kind, but have remained leading world centres for the development of their respective subjects ever since. Indeed, LSE has long prided itself on maintaining the largest Department of International Relations in Western Europe, while its departments of Government and Sociology, are amongst the largest and best known in Britain.

The teachers involved in the International Relations, Government, Psychology and Society courses are drawn from the academic staff of the International Relations, Government, Economics, Anthropology, Media and Communications and Sociology Departments at LSE, with guest experts invited to contribute where appropriate. All teaching staff have published extensively in the field and many are frequent broadcasters and consultants in their specialist area.

Courses start at £2,500 for one session. See the full fees and payments details here.

Details of the 2020 International Relations, Government, Psychology and Society courses can be found below:


Session One (22 June – 10 July 2020)

IR106: From Sarajevo to Baghdad: Key Decisions on War and Peace, 1914-2003 
IR108: Populist and Alt-Right Politics
IR115: Culture and Globalisation 
IR130: War, Power, and Morality: Political Theory and International Politics
IR160: The Middle East: Power and Ideology
IR203: An Urbanising World: Cities, Capitalism and the Environment
IR209: International Political Economy: States and Markets in the 21st Century
IR211: America as a Global Power: FDR to Trump 
IR215: Fire, Famine and Conflict: The Politics of Humanitarian Interventions
IR245: International Journalism and Society - The Role of the Media in the Modern World
IR270: What Kind of Europe? Crisis, Reform and the International Role of the European Union

Session Two (13 July – 31 July 2020)

IR102: Capitalism, Democracy and Inequality: The Crisis of Market Liberalism in Wealthy Democracies
IR105: Understanding Foreign Policy: The Diplomacy of War, Profit and Justice 
IR120: Trade, Development and the Environment
IR140: Global Communications, Citizens and Cultural Politics 
IR200: International Organisations: The Challenges of Global Governance in a Divided World
IR201: Power Shift: The Decline of the West, The Rise of the BRICS and World Order in a New Asian Century
IR204: International Migration, Social Conflict and Public Policy
IR205: Islam and Politics from the Iranian Revolution to ISIS and Beyond
IR210: Building Democracies from Conflict: Violence, Power-Sharing and Institutional Design
IR250: Global Civil Society

Session Three (3 August – 21 August 2020)

IR100: Great Thinkers and Pivotal Leaders: Shaping the Global Order
IR101: Global Childhoods: Constructs, Rights, Realities
IR104: Governing Climate and Environmental Change: Science, Policy and Politics
IR110: Foundations of Psychological Science 
IR207: Development in the International Political Economy
IR214: Public Policy Analysis
IR216: China: Global Power, Global Impact
IR218: Global Health: Science, Politics and Development

Courses may be subject to change without notice.

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