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Introduction to LSE

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers a unique opportunity to study the social sciences in a university institution with a worldwide academic reputation, while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities of one of the world’s great capital cities.

Why choose LSE? The School’s location in central London is fundamental to its identity. LSE just wouldn’t be the same if it were located anywhere else. LSE looks out over the London skyline, rather than over green fields. It is stimulating, cosmopolitan and very much a part of the ‘real world’. The School is compact and full to the brim with students and staff – this just contributes to the vitality and friendliness of the place. LSE offers you the opportunity – and the challenge – to study different ways of understanding human society together with people from all parts of the world, with radically differing experiences, views and beliefs, in an atmosphere that encourages you to question ideas and to seek solutions to problems. If you prefer the tranquillity of a rural campus or the traditions of dreaming spires, then LSE will not suit you; but, if

you welcome the stimulus of new experiences and ideas in a lively capital city, choose LSE!

What we study LSE seeks to promote the impartial pursuit of knowledge and understanding about how people organise themselves into, and interact within, social groupings. The social sciences offer a number of ways of investigating and thinking about these questions: they do not teach you a ‘right’ (or left, or centre!) way to solve the world’s problems. The focus of our teaching is on helping you to learn some of the different ways to test your – and other people’s – ideas: and, in the words of our motto, rerum cognoscere causas, ‘to understand the causes of things’. The School offers courses not only in economics and political science, but also in a wide range of social science subjects, taught within 17 departments and a number of groups and interdisciplinary institutes. It is the only British university specialising in the study of the social sciences, and has a worldwide reputation in the field. Indeed, several subjects, including Anthropology, International Relations and Social Policy, have been pioneered at LSE.

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