School Of Social Sciences
The University of London is a federal research university located in London, England. As of October 2019, the university contains 18 member institutions, central academic bodies and research institutes. The university has over 52,000 distance learning external students and 161,270 campus-based internal students, making it the largest university by number of students in the United Kingdom.
The university was established by Royal Charter in 1836, as a degree-awarding examination board for students holding certificates from University College London and King’s College London and “other such other Institutions, corporate or unincorporated, as shall be established for the purpose of Education, whether within the Metropolis or elsewhere within our United Kingdom”, allowing it to be one of three institutions to claim the title of the third-oldest university in England, and moved to a federal structure in 1900. It is now incorporated by its fourth (1863) royal charter and governed by the University of London Act 2018. It was the first university in the United Kingdom to introduce examinations for women in 1869 and, a decade later, the first to admit women to degrees. In 1948 it became the first British university to appoint a woman as its vice chancellor (chief executive). The university’s member institutions house the oldest teaching hospitals in England.
The University of London is the awarding body for courses in Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences (EMFSS). LSE provides the academic direction for the courses. This means that LSE’s leading academics plan the structure and content of each degree programme, develop and write the study materials, set and mark examination papers and determine students’ progression through the course.
LSE is a world leading university, specialising in social sciences, with a global community of people and ideas that transform the world. It is unique in its focus on Social Sciences. The School pioneered the study of economics and international relations, and LSE academics continue to be the leading thinkers in these fields. LSE’s world-class faculty, many of whom are involved with the online and distance programmes, work with governments, NGOs and businesses to tackle the world’s problems.
These qualifications allow to develop an in-depth understanding of one or two social science disciplines and also take individual subjects from others, so you develop a breadth of knowledge and understanding of the social world. All the programmes develop skills in the analysis of key issues of contemporary society – for example, issues of order and stability; issues relating to inequality and injustice.
These skills include the ability to read critically and reflect on theories and practices, and to think creatively in order to produce well-crafted essays in your final examinations.
Undergraduate Degrees Offered in this area
• BSc(Hons) International Relations
• BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations
• BSc(Hons) International Development
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UOL offers degrees in Economics, Management, Finance and Social Science, academic direction of these degrees is provided by the London School of Economics and Political Science, one of the most renowned Colleges of the University of London. Academics at the LSE develop the syllabuses, prepare the study materials, and are responsible for the assessment of students. This ensures that the standard of awards made to UOL students are maintained at the same level as the standards of awards made to students studying at a College of the University of London.