The Social Sciences subjects are Economics, International Relations, Law, Business & Consumer Psychology & Developmental Psychology
Economists study how resources are distributed. This may be macroeconomics; how money supply, governments, businesses, consumers etc interact with each other on a national and international scale, or microeconomics; how individual consumers and companies etc interact.
The world appears to be in a state of change. International Relations taster sessions will explore questions concerning the changing world order. Is it true that America is in decline and others, such as China, on the rise? Are states still the main centres of power in the world today? How about multi-national companies? Who or what may influence international events most? Who or what may hold the key to global power in the future?
Law is all around us. How is the governance of human beings’ personal, social, economic and political relationships practised? This is the study of law. As the LSE Law Department explains the subject, “the legal judgements and academic commentaries you will have to read are mostly made up of arguments…. about what the law is…. how it should be applied…. what the law ought to be…. why the law is as it is; arguments about these arguments”. Covering a wide variety of different areas of human activity, from family law to commercial law, criminal law to international law, a law degree requires not only attention to detail but also the ability to persuade others.
PSYCHOLOGY (BUSINESS & CONSUMER)
Business and Consumer Psychology will introduce you to the different approaches taken in psychology and give insights into how and why we do the things we do. Your task (in pairs or small groups) will be to introduce a new product to the market, such as a new mobile phone, drink, clothing item, sports car, or any other product of your choice, and to give a final presentation to the class, using psychological methods to influence us to buy your product.
Developmental Psychology will give you the opportunity to think about how we develop attachments to our families, as well as the chance to plan your own psychological experiment, which will involve considering some of the ethical dilemmas which can arise in such scientific, ‘knowledge-seeking’ activities.
Sociologists study the relationships, inequalities and differences arising from our membership of social groups. They are interested in how our identities are shaped by class, race and gender, as well as by culture and the impact of phenomena such as consumerism and globalisation. Sociology will definitely help you think critically, evaluate complex ideas and construct cogent arguments.