Political sociology is a subject with a long and distinguished history and a thriving contemporary debate. The MSc Political Sociology is designed to look beneath the day to day controversies of politics in order to explore the underlying forces that either promote or retard political and social change.
The programme will provide you with the analytical tools and the empirical knowledge to understand some of the fundamental forces that have shaped, and are shaping, the world in which we live. It combines a strong core course that explores classic empirical and historical puzzles about the relationship between politics and society, with the flexibility to develop individual interests in a wide range of different areas. It will give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of politics and society, and to build up special expertise in particular areas.
It will also give you the opportunity to develop your capacity for rigorous oral and written argument. Seminar discussion and essay writing will foster a critical approach which will encourage you to re-evaluate commonly accepted ideas, to consider alternative explanations for important social and political developments, and to support your own conclusions with carefully deployed evidence.
Students go into a wide range of professions including academic research, teaching, politics, diplomacy, government policy-making, public administration, journalism, the media, law, publishing, industry, and management, as well as working for think tanks, activist groups, international bodies, and non-governmental organisations.
MSc Political Sociology
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I'm interested in politics in the broadest sense: what are the bases of power in our society, how are they negotiated, and how is power exercised? The Political Sociology course covers exactly this field, rigorously and in a lot of depth. It's a lot of work, but I'll come out knowing a lot more than I did, and with a much clearer idea how to analyse and argue these sorts of questions.
I chose LSE for its reputation and focus on the social sciences. This focus makes it easy to delve right into individual subjects, while also ensuring a coherent programme of study which matches your own interests, even if the individual subjects come from different departments. It's a hot-house environment here: a little corner of London packed with people who are passionate about understanding human society or about sharing what they've already discovered. LSE's reputation internationally means that every class is full of intelligent, knowledgeable people with an incredible range of experience. I've learned at least as much from my fellow students as I have from the actual programme.
After my MSc, I want to do a doctorate at LSE in the same field. In the long term, I'd like to work in academia and the public service, but I'm trying not to plan things too precisely yet. After all, the whole point of studying is to open up new possibilities.
2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline; English standard level.
29 September 2016
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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