Can I view a detailed course syllabus before the course starts?
Most courses have a detailed course syllabus uploaded to the website. The course outlines will have information on suggested readings and provisional class topics. Students' home institutions may also like to read the course syllabus when deciding how much credit a Summer School course is worth.
What will my timetable look like?
Typically you will have a three hour lecture and a 90 minute class each day. Your day may start as early as 9 or 10am, and finish as late as 5 or 6pm. Timetables are only established shortly before the beginning of the course and are therefore not available in advance. Class groups are allocated at random, and you will be notified of your class group only after you have registered on the first day of the programme. It is not possible to change your class time.
When will I get my timetable?
You will be given your timetable on the first day of the programme. A detailed timetable is not available prior to the start of the Summer School.
How many people will be in lectures and classes?
In 2019, Summer School course enrolment ranged from 15-270 students per course. Lectures will involve all participants of the course and the classes will be split into smaller groups, usually of around 15-20 per class.
What is the difference between a lecture and a class?
All course participants attend lectures together as a single group. Lectures are usually presented by an academic (the course leader or leaders) and are, in general, a listening and note-taking exercise, as is widely practiced in the UK university system. Participants on the course will be divided into smaller groups of around 15 to 20 students for 90 minute classes. Classes present an opportunity to work through problem sets or case studies, present papers and discuss them, and to discuss the previous lecture with a class teacher and classmates. In other universities, classes may also be known as tutorials or seminars.
Am I able to contact academic staff before the start of the course?
You may contact academic staff before the start of your course, but it is advisable to do so only through the LSE Summer School Office. Email enquiries should be made to the Summer School Office. If a question cannot be answered by the Office staff it will be forwarded to the relevant academic. Academic staff tend to be very busy during term time and you will find that the majority of your enquiries will be forwarded to the Office.
Do I need to do any reading before the course starts?
It may not be necessary to undertake a large amount of pre-course reading. Lectures will be the core element of your studies, and course texts will be used to complement them. However, it may be advantageous to read the first few chapters of the main text in advance, to familiarise yourself with the lecture material.There are essential preliminary readings for a very small number of courses. You will be notified of these well before the start of the course. Please see course outlines for details.
Do I need to buy the course textbook?
For the optimum learning experience, it is essential to attend all lectures and classes. However, it is also important to do all of the course reading. Even though many of the books on the reading list are available in the LSE Library, it is unlikely that there will be enough copies of the main text(s) available for everyone to use. We therefore advise students to buy the main text(s) and use the LSE Library for supplementary reading. Students may wish to wait until their first lecture to find out which text book (if any) they are recommended to buy.
Is there a bookshop on site?
The Waterstone's Economists' Bookshop is located on the LSE campus in St Clements opposite Student Services. Waterstone's supply textbooks for LSE students including those attending Summer School. The bookshop is open throughout the year, Monday to Saturday.
There is also a second-hand bookshop, Alpha Books, located near the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. They often stock Summer School texts at discounted prices.
Most journal articles and some chapters from course texts will be available on Moodle. However you need to be a registered student to log onto Moodle and gain access to them, so they will not be available in advance.
Will I receive course materials in advance?
Generally, course materials are distributed at the first lecture. If you have any questions please direct these to the Summer School Office.