About LSE100: The LSE Course

LSE100, LSE’s flagship interdisciplinary course for undergraduates, is designed to build the next generation’s capacity to tackle multidimensional problems through research-rich education. LSE100 enables you to deepen your intellectual engagement with a wide range of social scientific ideas and approaches through investigating global challenges, connecting disciplines and embracing complexity. The course will develop your critical, analytical and technical skills, while giving you the chance to collaborate with leading academics and peers from every department within the School. In the below video, Dame Minouche Shafik, Director of LSE, introduces LSE100. 

LSE100 Introduction by Dame Minouche Shafik LSE100 Introduction by Dame Minouche Shafik

LSE was founded with the explicit aim of contributing to ‘the betterment of society’, and LSE100 brings all undergraduates squarely into this tradition. In LSE100, you will analyse critical challenges ranging from artificial intelligence to the climate crisis. Throughout the course, you will work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams to understand different dimensions of a problem, identify key causal factors, and propose and defend innovative solutions. As you draw on a variety of analytical tools and techniques to evaluate competing claims, you will develop intellectual flexibility and technical proficiency in areas including data analysis, logical reasoning and persuasive communication.

Each week gives you the opportunity to learn from experts through readings and bespoke videos with leading academics. In weekly MSc-style seminars, you will collaborate with peers with different areas of expertise to critically assess information and ideas, develop your creativity and intellectual acuity, and gain technical skills as you debate controversial ideas, analyse quantitative and qualitative data, and negotiate solutions to complex problems.   This course takes an innovative approach to assessment: you will apply these skills using new formats to express your ideas such as data visualisations, strategic plans and policy briefs.



How will LSE100 complement your degree program?

Employers are looking for graduates who can think creatively, analyse complex problems, deliver compelling presentations, and interact with a wide range of audiences. They want mathematicians who can write a persuasive report, historians who can create graphical representations of data, and most of all, employees who can work with stakeholders all over the world with confidence. LSE100 is designed to ensure that LSE graduates possess distinctive skills that cut across specialist subject areas.

What can you expect from LSE100?

  • You will take the first module of LSE100 in the Lent term of your first year, and the second module in the Michaelmas term of your second year.
  • You will meet and collaborate with undergraduate students from departments across the School.
  • Weekly classes are 80-minute, MSc seminar-style sessions led by scholars from across LSE.
  • Using contemporary social issues as case studies, you will analyse the ways in which complementary – and often contrasting – social scientific perspectives affect our understanding of both complex problems and potential solutions.
  • You will be assessed through a series of individual and group projects designed to deepen your learning and develop critical analytical and communication skills. Your overall mark will appear on your transcript.

Learning how to evaluate evidence, how to assess positions and to think critically, how to structure arguments and how to argue persuasively orally and in writing are all part of the course.  A full list of the LSE100 learning outcomes can be viewed here.

Further information is available in the the LSE100 Moodle site (LSE username and password required).