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Departmental Information and Course Listings

The LSE application form asks you to identify up to six courses of particular interest – to assist us in making an initial departmental assignment. Prior to your arrival you will be asked to select four courses for the purposes of pre-registration. However, your final selection of four courses will be confirmed after your arrival at LSE and in consultation with your academic adviser. Our aim is to give you full access to those courses that you wish to pursue. Thus, whilst LSE cannot commit itself to guarantee the availability of course selections, every effort is made to do so. Again, there are more than 250 courses available to General Course students and you have the right to change your course selections up to the end of the fourth week of the first term. In more than 99 per cent of cases, students get all of the courses that they want – and time to explore and to change their minds.

on our website at www.lse.ac.uk/ general-course and should be referred to when you complete the Course Preferences section of the application form. The three-digit codes indicate whether the course is normally followed by our own three-year degree students in their first, second or third year of study, but access is not restricted for General Course students.

100 level courses are taught to LSE’s first year degree seeking students. They are introductory level courses that have no specific prerequisites in their own subject but may require some mathematics or other related subjects. General Course students normally select these courses when they have no previous background in the subject, ie, they want to gain experience of a new academic field.

Whilst we are unable to guarantee the availability of any course, the Course List that follows represents what was taught in 2010-11. A full Course Guide (naming the key academic responsible for each course, a description of its coverage, basic bibliographies and any pre-requisites) is available

200 level courses are taught to LSE’s second year degree seeking students. They are intermediate level courses that have prerequisites in the form of university level introductory courses in the same, or a closely related, subject. These courses are the equivalent of Junior year courses at four year degree institutions and, as such, are usually the most appropriate for General Course students.

Successful applicants are, whenever possible, assigned to a place in one of the academic departments at LSE reflecting their major area of interest, and that department will subsequently nominate a member of their faculty to act as the student’s academic adviser during the year. Before making such an assignment we will weigh up your academic background, the balance of your proposed course interests and the demand for places in particular departments from one year to another. The key issue is that you have the right to choose the courses you wish to follow – the departmental assignment does not restrict your right to pursue courses in other fields of study. Please note, once accepted, you have every right to change your course choices, but it is not possible to change your departmental allocation without the permission of the Associate Dean for the General Course.

300 level courses are taught to LSE’s third year degree seeking students. They are advanced and equivalent to either final year undergraduate or first year graduate courses. They have prerequisites of university level intermediate courses. General Course students should ordinarily only select one of these courses when they have a minimum of three semesters background and very high grades in the relevant field.

The online course descriptions should be read carefully as many courses assume a level of aptitude in the subject. We also encourage new students to sample a range of courses in the first four weeks of the session and to discuss their own level of skill and the course expectations with lecturers and class teachers before confirming their course choices for the year.

The majority of General Course students find they are sufficiently stimulated by one (or at the very most two) 300 level courses when combined with those offered at the 200 and 100 levels. The optimum combination for a serious student is usually one 300 level and three 200 level courses. Unless you have declared your major sometime ago

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