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International Relations, Government, Psychology and Society

Explore the biggest questions. Find answers to help drive progress in our world.


Why do conflict and cooperation emerge within and between political communities and societies? What are the forces that bind international law? And how is the future of democracy likely to play out in our world?

Big questions require big answers, and LSE Summer School courses in International Relations, Government and Society explore some of the biggest questions facing humanity. When you join us on campus here in the heart of London, you can choose to dig deep into areas that fascinate you most and best resonate with your intellectual and professional ambitions.

From analysing political theory to the complex role of journalism and media in our modern world; from exploring how the greatest thinkers have shaped the global order to unpicking the ties between capitalism, democracy and inequality – when you select a course with us, you will be exposed to some of the most game-changing thinking, the sharpest minds and state-of-the-art research in politics, psychology and sociology.

LSE faculty are among the most renowned in the world of International Relations, and advise the media, NGOs, think tanks and governments on the most critical issues and the biggest problems facing humanity. Our LSE Summer School courses expose you directly to their thought leadership – and bring you together with peers from all over the world; bright minds, like yours, who are eager to understand the mechanisms that underpin our societies and the “causes of things.”

Whichever LSE Summer School course in International Relations you choose to pursue, you will emerge with big-picture understanding of the most relevant topics. And a toolkit of real-world analytical skills and competencies that will accelerate your career, whichever direction you decide to take.

LSE ranked #4 in the world for Politics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.

Dr James Morrison gives an overview of his course IR100: Great Thinkers and Pivotal Leaders: Shaping the Global Order.

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International Relations, Government, Psychology and Society

IR220: Digital Platforms: Power, Politics and Resistance

This course examines how digital platforms work and the roles they play in society.

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The fundamentals of my course are covered at my home institution, but the summer school course gives me an extra breadth into how the industry works. It’s been a really good experience in diversifying my skill set.


Dr James Morrison

Summer School Programme Director, International Relations - Associate Professor

Professor Chris Alden

Professor of International Relations, Director of LSE IDEAS

Professor Catherine Allerton

Professor [Head of Department]

Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi

Associate Professor

Dr Nick Anstead

Associate Professor

Professor Amnon Aran

Visiting Professor

Professor Laura Bear


Professor Charlie Beckett

Professor of Practice, Director of Polis and the Polis/LSE JournalismAI project

Professor Catherine Boone

Professor of Comparative Politics (joint appointment with LSE International Development)

Professor Jeffrey Chwieroth

Professor of International Relations - Head of Department

Dr Katerina Dalacoura

Associate Professor in International Relations

Professor Tim Forsyth

Professor of Environment and Development - Head of Department

Dr Tanya Harmer

Associate Professor

Professor Jonathan Hopkin

Professor of Comparative Politics

Dr Tiziana Leone

Associate Professor in Health and International Development

Dr Michael Lerner

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

Dr Patrick McGovern

Associate Professor (Reader) in Sociology

Dr Katharine Millar

Associate Professor

Dr Philipa Mladovsky

Associate Professor in International Development

Dr Carl Müller-Crepon

Assistant Professor

Dr Dylan Mulvin

Assistant Professor

Dr Michael Muthukrishna

Associate Professor of Economic Psychology

Dr Victoria Paniagua

Assistant Professor in International Political Economy

Dr Andrea Pia

Assistant Professor

Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin

Associate Professor

Professor Ken Shadlen

Professor of Development Studies

Dr Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington

Associate Professor of Social Psychology

Dr Lauren Sukin

Assistant Professor

Dr Luca Tardelli

Assistant Professorial Lecturer

Dr Eiko Thielemann

Associate Professor in Political Science and Public Policy

Professor Peter Trubowitz

Summer School Academic Director - Professor of International Relations

Dr Imaobong Umoren

Associate Professor

Dr David Woodruff

Associate Professor of Comparative Politics

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