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Economic History and Geography

London School of Economics and Political Science

  • 28 Sep 2020 Start Date

  • 3 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Economic history is concerned with economic change in the past. It uses concepts and theories from across the social sciences to study the development of real economies and understand them in their social, political and cultural contexts. It combines the skills of the economist and the historian, the statistician and the sociologist. Meanwhile, geography focuses on improving understanding of the social, economic and environmental aspects of geography and informing policy processes worldwide.

This programme combines the two complementary fields of economic history and geography in a joint honours programme, with around half of the programme in each field. You will consider important global questions such as how economic change in the past and up to the present has been shaped by geography and how processes reaching well back in the past affect the economic and social geography of modern societies.

You will complete a research project in your third year where you undertake an original piece of research in historical economic geography on a topic of your choice. The programme will enable you to develop skills which are highly valued by employers across a variety of careers, including numeracy, research report writing, the ability to evaluate and analyse data, and to present an argument orally or on paper.

Economic history is concerned with economic change in the past. It uses concepts and theories from across the social sciences to study the development of real economies and understand them in their social, political and cultural contexts. It combines the skills of the economist and the historian, the statistician and the sociologist. Meanwhile, geography focuses on improving understanding of...

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Course Content

The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review.

First year

In your first year you will take four compulsory courses, on geography, economic history, and economics. You will take either Economics A or Economics B, depending on your economics background. Economics B is only for students with A level Economics or equivalent. You will also take LSE100, which is taught in the Lent term only. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review. 

(* denotes a half unit)

The Internationalisation of Economic Growth, 1870 to the Present Day
Focuses on the inter-relationships between the development of the international economy and the growth of national economies since the late nineteenth century.

Introduction to Geography 
Examines the key concepts of human geography.

Introduction to Geographical Research
Introduces students to the production of geographical and environmental knowledge and to prepare them to become producers of such knowledge themselves. 

Either
Economics A
Provides a foundation in economics, primarily to those without significant background in the subject.
Or
Economics B
An introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics.

LSE100
Beginning in the Lent term of the first year and running through the Michaelmas term of the second year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review. 

Second year

In your second year you will take compulsory courses in each geography and economic history, and choose further options from each. You will also continue to take LSE100 in the Michaelmas Term only. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review. 

The Economic Geography of Trade, Production and Development*

The Economics of Cities*

Theories and Evidence in Economic History
This course examines theories and concepts used in economic history and introduces the methods used to collect evidence and generate inference on relevant historical questions.

Economic history options to the value of one unit

Geography options to the value of one unit

LSE100
Beginning in the Lent term of the first year and running through the Michaelmas term of the second year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review. 

Third year

In your third year you will take two compuslory half-unit geography courses, a historical economic geography course, and complete a dissertation. You will also choose further geography options. 

Firms and Economic Geogrphy: Location Technology and Innovation*

The Economics of Housing Markets and Migration*

Historical Economic Geography: Cities, Markets and Regions in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Explores how and why the location of economic activities changes across time and space from industrialisation up to the present. 

Geography options to the value of one unit

Dissertation in Historical Economic Geography

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up-to-date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review. First year In your first year you will take four compulsory courses, on geography, economic history, and economics. You will take either Economics A or Economics B, depending on your economics...

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Available Dates

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Houghton Street, London

Full Time, 3 years

28/09/2020

(318 days left)

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

You should read the following information carefully as it will help you determine whether you meet our entry requirements. You should also read the 'Assessing your application' section of the programme page for your intended degree programme and the information in the Making an Application section.

Each application we receive is carefully considered on an individual basis, taking into account the full range of information presented including the personal statement, academic achievement (including both achieved and predicted grades), subject combinations and the reference, before a final decision is made. As you will see from the individual programme information, there is a great deal of competition for places at the School. In 2017, we received 18,000 applications for 1,650 places. This fierce competition for places means that every year we unfortunately have to disappoint many applicants.

If you have applied for one of our undergraduate programmes, or received an offer, you can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

•  You are a national of Canada or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries, listed below, and whose first language is English or

•  You have achieved the required grades in one of our recognised English language qualifications, listed below or

•  You have already successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one year) or a PhD in one of those countries listed below.

In addition, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) guidelines stipulate that all students entering the United Kingdom to study must have an English Language qualification evidencing proficiency in each of the four sub-components of language learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening) unless they are from a majority English speaking country.

It is not necessary to have the required grade in an acceptable English language qualification when you make your undergraduate application to LSE. However, if you are made an offer of a place on one of our undergraduate programmes at LSE and English is not your first language, you will be asked to obtain one of the below acceptable qualifications before our deadline in August.

You should read the following information carefully as it will help you determine whether you meet our entry requirements. You should also read the 'Assessing your application' section of the programme page for your intended degree programme and the information in the Making an Application section. Each application we receive is carefully considered on an individual...

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Assessment Methods

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. You will usually have to present up to four essays for each Economic History course, as well as delivering class presentations. The 10,000 word research project is counted as one course out of four in the third year. The compulsory second year course also has a 3,000 word project as part of the final assessment, worth 30 per cent of the final mark. The majority of other Economic History courses are assessed by means of formal three-hour examinations; some also include summative essays and presentations. Please note that assessment on individual courses can change year to year. An indication of the current formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Feedback on coursework is an essential part of the teaching and learning experience at the School. Class teachers must mark formative coursework and return it with feedback to you normally within two weeks of submission (when the work is submitted on time). You will also receive feedback on any summative coursework you are required to submit as part of the assessment for individual courses (except on the final version of submitted dissertations). You will normally receive this feedback before the examination period. 

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. You will usually have to present up to four essays for each Economic History course, as well as delivering class presentations. The 10,000 word research project is counted as one...

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Additional Information

UK/EU* students: 

The 2020 tuition fee for new UK/EU students is £9,250 for the first year.

The UK/EU undergraduate fee may rise in line with inflation in subsequent years.

*The UK Government confirmed in May 2019 that the fee level for EU undergraduate new entrants in 2020/21 will be the same as Home UK for the duration of their undergraduate degree programme.

Academic year (2020/21) :- 28 September 2020 - 18 June 2021

Application deadline :- 15 January 2020

Duration :- Three years full-time

  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU full-time: Open from September
  • Overseas full-time: Open from September
  • Location: London

UK/EU* students:  The 2020 tuition fee for new UK/EU students is £9,250 for the first year. The UK/EU undergraduate fee may rise in line with inflation in subsequent years. *The UK Government confirmed in May 2019 that the fee level for EU undergraduate new entrants in 2020/21 will be the same as Home UK for the duration of their...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
GEOGRAPHY (NON-SPECIFIC)
80%
of students were satisfied overall
HISTORY
80%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
GEOGRAPHY (NON-SPECIFIC)
83% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
74% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
77% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
63% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
HISTORY
87% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
79% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
89% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
76% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
GEOGRAPHY (NON-SPECIFIC)
79% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
85% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
61% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
HISTORY
83% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
76% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
60% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
GEOGRAPHY (NON-SPECIFIC)
62% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
64% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
71% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
69% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
HISTORY
57% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
84% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
77% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
72% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
GEOGRAPHY (NON-SPECIFIC)
82% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
66% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
48% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
HISTORY
88% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
66% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
59% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
GEOGRAPHY (NON-SPECIFIC)
70% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
74% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
69% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
HISTORY
80% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
88% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
71% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
GEOGRAPHY (NON-SPECIFIC)
56% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
77% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
79% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
HISTORY
63% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
82% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
82% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
GEOGRAPHY (NON-SPECIFIC)
51% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
71% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
HISTORY
39% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
60% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
GEOGRAPHY (NON-SPECIFIC)
80% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
75% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
67% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
26% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests
HISTORY
80% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
70% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
41% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
38% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics for Geography (non-specific)

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points144

  • Employment Rate90%

  • Average Graduate Salary£22000

Statistics for History

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points48

  • Employment Rate93%

  • Average Graduate Salary£28000

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