MSc City Design and Social Science Handbook 2010–11

Cities Programme Department of Sociology London School of Economics and Political Science


Significant Dates 2010-11 Welcome The Cities Programme General Information and Contacts Urban@LSE Core Teaching Faculty Associated and Visiting Faculty Visiting Fellows and Guest Practices MSc City Design and Social Science Core Courses Optional Courses Formal Assessment Postgraduate Mark Frame Information about Studying at LSE*

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*This section contains general information for all postgraduates at LSE, from registration to results transcripts, with links to many useful pages on the LSE website, which you may wish to bookmark. While every effort has been made to ensure the information in this handbook is as accurate as possible, there may be inadvertent errors or changes may occur over the course of the year. If you are unsure about something, or find conflicting information, do check with a member of LSE staff.

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Significant Dates 2010-11

Cities Programme induction Start of Michaelmas Term Start of teaching

27 September – 1 October 2010 30 September 4 October

Candidate examination numbers allocated November/early December End of Michaelmas Term Start of Lent Term MSc thesis workshop Provisional abstract of thesis due End of Lent Term Announcement of examination timetable Start of Summer Term Examination period Final City Design Studio Review End of Summer Term Submission of dissertation Results published Graduation ceremony 10 December 10 January 2011 7 February 21 February 25 March End of Lent Term 3 May Mid-May - June 30 June 1 July Tuesday 30 August Late November Mid December 2011

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Welcome to the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Congratulations on your success in gaining the opportunity to study city design in the context of the most exciting specialist university institution for the social sciences in the world. Our host academic department is the LSE’s Department of Sociology, and we are the graduate programme of the LSE Cities research centre – giving the Cities Programme its distinctive focus on the social context of urban design and development, and its close links with innovative research on cities and urban life. As a student at the LSE, you will be brought into direct contact with the most advanced contemporary research and scholarship in urban and social issues. This handbook provides an introduction to the Cities Programme and the facilities available in the School. It is also designed to help you understand the requirements of this Master’s programme, and plan your course of study. While every effort has been made to ensure the information in this handbook is as accurate as possible, there may be inadvertent errors or changes may occur over the course of the year. If you are unsure about something, or find conflicting information, do check with a member of LSE staff. The LSE environment The School is located in a complex of buildings in the centre of London, near the Aldwych. It is close to the Royal Courts of Justice, the BBC World Service and the financial heart of the City of London. West End theatres are all close by, along with the shops and markets of Covent Garden. The National Gallery is a short walk down the Strand, while the South Bank Arts complex (including the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, the National Theatre and the British Film Institute) and Tate Modern are located on the opposite bank of the river. Within the School there is an exciting mix of students from all over the world and this generates a great deal of intellectual energy and excitement. The geography of the School can seem complicated at first, but you will find direction signs spread around the buildings, and maps and diagrams in various School publications. See this page on the LSE website for maps of the campus and surrounding area:

A year is a short time A one-year Master's programme is intense, and it is recommended that you begin serious study at the outset of the programme. Previous students have gained the most from the Master’s programme by starting their reading and writing as soon as courses begin.

If you need help All students are allocated an academic adviser for the year. If you find that you need help, it is most important that you talk over your problems with your adviser or with the MSc Programme Director. Advisers are intended to have a pastoral as well as an academic role. You can meet with your adviser on a drop-in basis during their weekly office hours, or by appointment. You should feel that you may, if you wish, discuss anything with your adviser that affects your ability to benefit academically from your time with us. You should certainly keep him or her informed of any medical difficulties or illness that may prevent you from studying or may affect your academic performance. If you have difficulties of a personal nature that you do not wish to discuss with your adviser, you may wish to make use of the School’s Student Health Centre’s counselling services, or the Advisers to Women Students and to Male Students.

If you have difficulties, the golden rule is to tell someone within the Cities Programme or the School - they will usually know who to put you in touch with.

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The Cities Programme
Location and Facilities This year the Cities Programme is moving from its old home in St Philips Building (which is being demolished th th to make way for a new student services building) and will be located on the 8 and 5 floors of Tower 2, Clement’s Inn (where all room numbers have the prefix V). Cities Programme faculty and administrator’s th offices can be found on the 8 floor, which they share with research colleagues in LSE Cities. The MSc students’ dedicated Studio, with computers for the sole use of Cities Programme students, can be found on th th the 5 floor, in V512. Cities PhD students have their workstations in the central lobby of the 5 floor, so th please be aware that you will need to be quiet when entering and leaving the Studio. The 5 floor is also shared with the Centre for Study of Human Rights. Most of your classes will be held in other rooms on campus (see later for more information about core and optional courses) so please try to acquaint yourself with the campus and your personal timetable before teaching begins, to avoid getting lost and late for class! The Student Salon in Kings Chambers (K building) is also available for study and the gathering of small groups of students for the purposes of studying. Contact information Address: Cities Programme London School of Economics and Political Science Houghton Street London WC2A 2AE United Kingdom Fax No: (+44) (0)20–7955–7697 (sociology dept.)

Tel No: (+44) (0)20–7955–6828 Email:

Website: Specific questions pertaining to the Cities Programme or MSc City Design & Social Science should be directed to the MSc Administrator, Anna Livia Johnston, 8th Floor Tower 2, or email Only if the Administrator cannot deal with your question/problem should you contact the MSc Programme Director, Dr Fran Tonkiss or the Departmental Manager in Sociology. Communication You are expected to check your email regularly (using your School-supplied email address), since both academics and administrators routinely use this medium in order to communicate with students. Change of address If you change your term-time address you must inform the Student Services Centre and your personal tutor or the Cities administrator. This change can be made by you, using LSE for You, located on the front page of the LSE website. Your address is protected information and will not be disclosed to a third party without your permission unless it is for reasons of official School business. It is important that you keep us informed of your private address (and telephone number).

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General Information and Contacts
Sociology Department staff The Sociology Department’s Administrators are Tia Exelby (MSc programme) and Frances Hewson (BA and PhD programmes), in room S219A (St Clements Building). The Head of Department of Sociology is Professor Judy Wajcman, who is in Room S203. The Head of Department is responsible to the School for the running of the Department. The Sociology Departmental Manager is Louise Fisher in Room S204, who is responsible for much of the day-to-day administrative work and works closely with the Head of Department, Programme Convenors and other academic officers of the Department. Staff/Student Committee This Committee is a forum to discuss appropriate matters of concern to students and staff on MSc programmes across the Department of Sociology and its associated research centres. Membership of this Committee on the staff side comprises the Programme Conveners of each of the Department’s MSc programmes. Membership on the student side comprises up to two students from each MSc programme elected by their fellow students in order to attend meetings and put forward their views. Meetings of the Committee are held at least once a term, and more frequently if necessary. All members, including staff, are asked to confirm to Tia Exelby ( their intention to attend a meeting after she has circulated (by email) details of its time and venue and a request for agenda items. In addition, the two students representatives for the MSc City Design and Social Science will be invited to meetings held internally to the Cities Programme on a termly basis. These meetings provide the opportunity for students to voice direct concerns pertaining to the MSc City Design and Social Science.

Urban@LSE is a network bringing together Masters and Doctoral students, researchers and faculty working on urban issues across the LSE. As an international centre of excellence in the social sciences, LSE has a distinctive concentration of urban specialists in a number of disciplinary areas, and is an unrivalled centre for postgraduate study in the area of city design urban and regional planning, urbanisation and development, and the economic, social, political and policy aspects of contemporary urban life. LSE researchers bring together a range of disciplinary expertise to link the urban social sciences with the design and governance of cities, urban infrastructure, environment and development, with a unique concentration of urban specialists in different subject areas - Development Studies, Economics, Geography and Environment, Government, Social Policy, and Sociology - and in key research centres and institutes. Urban@LSE organises an annual welcome reception and events during the academic year which give graduate students the opportunity to meet fellow students and faculty from a range of programmes, departments and research centres in the urban field. More information is available at:

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Core Teaching Faculty
Ricky Burdett: is Professor of Urban Studies and Director of LSE Cities research centre. He is Principal Design Adviser for the London 2012 Olympics, and previously was architectural adviser to the Mayor of London (from 2001 – 2006), a member of the Greater London Authority's Architecture + Urbanism Unit, and sat on the City of Barcelona's Quality Committee. In 2007 he co-curated the Global Cities exhibition at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, London. Burdett was founder of the 9H Gallery and the Architecture Foundation in London. He was Director of the 2006 Architecture Biennale in Venice on the subject of ‘Cities: architecture and society’, and is co-editor (with Deyan Sudjic) of The Endless City (Phaidon Press, 2008). Ayona Datta: is Lecturer in the Cities Programme, Admissions Tutor for the MSc City Design and Social Science, and convenor of the Cities core course on Urban Environment. She has an interdisciplinary background in architecture, environmental design and planning. Her research interests include gender, space, and power; home, migration, and the city; urban politics and social agency; and politics of sustainability. She recently completed a British Academy Research on gendered agency, space and power in squatter settlements. Another research area explores how notions of home and the global city are shaped through the building activities of East European migrant workers arriving in London after EU expansion in 2004. Her most recent project explores the politics of mobility and sustainability along highspeed transport networks. Research in this area has been done in Turkey and further research will be undertaken in 2010 on the Mumbai-Pune expressway in India. She has published in a number of refereed journals and is currently completing a book on gender, place, and social agency in squatter settlements in Delhi. Another co-edited book Translocal Geographies: Spaces, Places, Connections is due out with Ashgate in 2010. She is on the editorial board of ACME: an international e-journal for critical geographies and of Open House International. Juliet Davis: is LSE Fellow in the Cities Programme, where she is Studio Leader, and a chartered member of the RIBA (2005). She was previously Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Interiors at the Canterbury School of Architecture, University College for the Creative Arts (2005-7), ran the first year of the BA (Hons) Architecture at Cambridge University, 2004-5, and lectured in architectural theory on the same programme in 2006 and 2007. Between 1999 and 2005 she worked in practice as Project Architect with Eric Parry Architects. Her recent publications include ‘(Re)imagining Bishopsgate Goodsyard’, Architectural Research Quarterly (ARQ), vol. 12, 2008: 12-25; ‘Liverpool finds Energy in Art’, Building Design no. 1740, September 29 2006: 20-21; ‘Mastering his Universe’, Building Design no. 1673, May 13 2005: 12; she has pieces forthcoming in ARQ and Urban Studies. Her current research in the Cities Programme focuses on the construction of the ‘Legacy’ masterplan for the London Olympics, 2012. Suzanne Hall: is LSE Fellow in the Cities Programme, where she is Studio Leader, and has practiced as an architect and urban designer in South Africa. She recently completed her Ph.D entitled, ‘A Mile of Mixed Blessings: An Ethnography of Boundaries and Belonging on a South London Street’, for which she was awarded the LSE’s Robert McKenzie Prize for outstanding performance in a Ph.D programme. She has taught in the Departments of Architecture at the University of Cambridge and the University of Cape Town. Her projects considering the role of design in the context of rapid urban transformation in poor and racially segregated areas have been published and exhibited in: the Architectural Review (2007, vol.221, no. 324, pp. 64-5); and ‘Between Ownership and Belonging: Transitional Space in the Post-Apartheid Metropolis’, as part of the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale on ‘Cities, Architecture and Society’. As an urban ethnographer her research interests include ordinary spaces and everyday practices, social and political forms of inclusion and exclusion, and ethnography and visual methods. She recently co-edited (with Melissa Fernandez and Cecilia Dinardi) Writing Cities (LSE, 2010); and her chapter on ‘Walworth Road - World Intersections: Moving, Pausing and Stopping on a Multi-ethnic Street’, is included in S. Dobson, A. Rooke and P. Halliday (eds), Studying the City: Methodology, Experience and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan). Philipp Rode: is Executive Director of the LSE Cities research centre, and co-convenes the Lent term Studio seminar on City-making: The Politics of Urban Form. As a researcher and consultant he is involved in interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design. Rode organised the Urban Age conferences in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society in New York, Shanghai, London, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Berlin and Mumbai, bringing together political leaders, city mayors, urban practitioners, private sector representatives and academic experts. Recent London-focused research includes Density and Urban Neighbourhoods in London (2005) and A Framework for Housing in the London Thames Gateway (2004). In 2007, Urban Age undertook a research programme in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore followed by the Urban Age India Conference in Mumbai, to understand and assess how these cities are responding to the challenges of growth, and to compare these

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approaches to those adopted in other cities throughout the world: the findings are collected in the report on Integrated City Making: governance, planning and transport, co-authored by Philipp Rode with Julie Wagner, Richard Brown, Rit Chandra and Jayaraj Sundaresan ( He has previously worked on several multidisciplinary research and consultancy projects in New York and Berlin and was awarded the Schinkel Urban Design Prize 2000. Robert Tavernor: is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Cities Programme. He is an architect with an active London-based urban planning consultancy advising on major urban design projects. His essay, ‘From Townscape to Skyscape’, (The Architectural Review, March 2004) summarises his recent urban research on the visual impact of tall buildings in London. His books focus on the classical tradition of European architecture and cities, body and building, and on the urban development of London. They include translations and introductions to the key architectural and urban treatises by Vitruvius (Penguin Classics, 2009), Alberti, and Palladio (The MIT Press). He is the author of Palladio and Palladianism (Thames & Hudson, 1991); On Alberti and the Art of Building, and Smoot's Ear: The Measure of Humanity (Yale UP, 1998 and 2007); and co-editor of Body and Building: Essays on the changing relation of Body to Architecture (The MIT Press, 2002). Fran Tonkiss: is Director of the Cities Programme and Programme Director of the MSc City Design and Social Science. She is a Reader in Sociology, with core research interests in urban and economic sociology. In the field of urban studies her focus is on urban development, design and governance; space and social theory; social and spatial divisions. Her work in economic sociology is concerned with issues of globalisation; inequality and economic governance; trust and social capital; markets and marketisation. She is the author of Contemporary Economic Sociology: Globalisation, Production, Inequality (Routledge, 2006) and Space, the City and Social Theory (Polity, 2005), the co-author (with Don Slater) of Market Society: Markets and Modern Social Theory (Polity, 2001), and the co-editor of Trust and Civil Society (Macmillan, 2000). Savvas Verdis: has been teaching in the Cities Programme since 2001, first with Professor Richard Sennett and Professor David Frisby and currently with Philipp Rode in subjects that include urban history, urban politics and urban economics. He co-convenes the Lent term Studio seminar on City-making: The Politics of Urban Form. His studies and research in architectural history at Cambridge University, political philosophy at the New School for Social Research and urban economics at University College London look at major economic and political reforms in urban history. These include contemporary cities under structural adjustment, the urban reformers of Victorian London, Haussmann’s 19th century Paris and Cleisthenes’ geopolitical reforms in classical Athens. Savvas is also the founder & director of Property Analytics Ltd, London’s leading property ranking company. He has been an Onassis Public Benefit Foundation scholar on two occasions and has previously managed a $50 million cultural framework for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Associated and Visiting Faculty
David Frisby: is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. His research interests focus upon metropolitan modernity, architecture and urban cultures, German social theory in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the social theory of Georg Simmel. He maintains an interest in critical social theories of modernity, originally developed in his Fragments of Modernity (Polity, third printing 2003) and elsewhere. His recent publications include Georg Simmel in Wien (WUV Universitätsverlag, 2000), Cityscapes of Modernity (Polity, 2001), Georg Simmel. Revised Edition (Taylor and Francis, 2002). He is the editor of the third enlarged edition of Simmel’s Philosophy of Money (Routledge, 2004) and of volume 18 of Simmel’s collected works (2008). Current projects include a forthcoming study of Otto Wagner’s Vienna and, with Iain Boyd Whyte, a sourcebook on Berlin: 1890-1940. Gerald Frug: is Cities Programme Visiting Professor, and the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Specialising in local government law, he is the author of numerous works in the field including City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation (Cornell, 2008 – co-authored with David Barron), and City Making: Building Communities without Building Walls (Princeton, 1999). Professor Frug is Advisor and Contributor to the Urban Age research programme. Leslie Sklair: is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at LSE; Associate Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of London; and President of the Global Studies Association. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California, New York University, The New School in New York, University of Sydney, Hong Kong University and, currently, Strathclyde University in Scotland, and has lectured on globalization all over the world. Editions of his Globalization: Capitalism and its Alternatives (2002) have been translated into Japanese, Portuguese, Persian, Spanish and Korean with an Arabic edition forthcoming. His study of the Fortune Global 500, The Transnational Capitalist Class, was published in 2001 (Chinese edition 2002). Papers from his current research project, “Iconic architecture and capitalist MSc City Design and Social Science Handbook 2010–11


globalization”, have been published in journals including International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and CITY. He has written on globalization and capitalism for several major social science encyclopaedias and is on the Editorial Boards of Review of International Political Economy, Global Networks, Social Forces and Journal of World-Systems Research. Edward W. Soja: is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at UCLA and has a long association with the Cities Programme as a Centennial Professor. Professor Soja has focused his research and writing over the past 20 years on urban restructuring in Los Angeles and more broadly on the critical study of cities and regions. His wide-ranging studies of Los Angeles bring together traditional political economy approaches and recent trends in critical cultural studies. His major publications include Postmodern Geographies (Verso, 1989), Thirdspace (Blackwell, 1996), Postmetropolis (Blackwell, 2000), and Seeking Spatial Justice (Minnesota, 2010).

Visiting Fellows
Joseph Heathcott is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Cities Programme from September 2010 to March 2011. He is Associate Professor and Chair of Urban Studies at The New School in New York, where he teaches in Eugene Lang College and Parsons School of Design. His work considers the role of collective memory and creative expression as everyday civic practices that shape the contemporary metropolis. He is also a compulsive peripatetic, amateur archivist, idiot cartographer, and collector of LPs, post cards, old radios, books, and found objects. Prof. Heathcott's articles, photographs, maps, drawings, and exhibits have appeared in a wide range of venues. His most recent photography exhibit <Post-Acropolis Metropolis> is currently on display at the Town Hall Gallery in Stuttgart, Germany. He has been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Erasmus Institute, the Mellon Foundation, and the Brown Center for the Humanities. During the academic year 2010-2011, Prof. Heathcott will hold the U.S. Fulbright Distinguished Chair for the United Kingdom at the University of the Arts.

Guest Practices
Liza Fior, Mark Lemanski and Caitlin Elster, muf architecture /art LLp. muf is a collaborative practice of art and architecture committed to public realm projects. They are Curators of the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, were awarded the 2008 European Prize for Urban Public Space for their work on Barking Town Square, and have been Visiting Professors at Yale University. Kathryn Firth is a Director of PLP architecture, and an architect and urban designer with extensive experience in international redevelopment projects, the design of public open space and cultural uses in inner city areas. She was Projects Director of the Architecture Foundation in London, and has taught at Harvard University and at the Architectural Association, London. Kathryn was Co-Director of the Cities Programme until 2005. Tom Holbrooke is Director of 5 Studio architecture and urbanism, a Studio-based practice working across the fields of design, landscape, urbanism and architecture. As collaborators on the East London Green Grid, they were winners of the World Festival of Architecture 2009 Future Landscapes Award, and their work on the Lea River Park was awarded the silver medal in the International Urban Landscape Award 2010. William Mann and Stephen Witherford, Witherford Watson Mann architects. WWM's work addresses the common ground shared by architecture, public space and urban planning. Their projects include the Amnesty International UK headquarters, the Whitechapel Art Gallery extension, the urban design strategy for Woolwich Town Centre, and Bankside Urban Forest. Their work has been exhibited in Geneva, Liege, Dordrecht, Milan, London, Rome, the Sao Paulo Biennale, Venice Biennale and at the New York Centre for Architecture. Joseph Robson is founder of AVR London, a collective of architects, artists and researchers concerned with the use of computer-aided architectural visualisation and reconstruction. At the Cities Programme he teaches our MSc students the value, legibility and use of images in presentation material through the Adobe Creative Suite. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bath, and an elected fellow and council member of the Society of Architectural Illustration. More information on Cities faculty and associates can be found on the Cities Programme website.

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MSc City Design & Social Science
Degree Programme Course Requirements
Duration of course of study: 12 months full-time; 2 or 3 years part-time. Degree requirement: A total of four units comprising two ½ unit taught core courses: SO451 Cities by Design SO452 Urban Environment One 1 ½ unit design-based studio course: SO448 City Design Research Studio AND one other whole plus one half unit option or three half unit options (refer to Option Courses below)

Core Courses
SO451 Cities by Design (Half Unit) Teacher responsible: Professor Ricky Burdett Core syllabus: The course examines the relationship between built form and its social, political and cultural impacts in the contemporary, changing city. By introducing students to key concepts and methodologies in visual narratives and spatial analysis, the course investigates how the design of our complex urban environments affects the people who live in them. Using the city as a laboratory – through the analysis of case studies and discussion seminars - students are encouraged to evaluate how new policies and projects will impact on social cohesion and urban integration at the macro and micro scale of city landscapes. While the course does not focus on urban policy, it provides students with the critical tools to understand the paradigms that underpin much of contemporary urban practice in cities of the global North and South, with a special focus on London’s political and spatial context. Content: urban analysis and public space; densification and the compact city; gated communities and social exclusion; accommodating complexity and difference; boundaries and borders in contemporary city. Teaching: 10 lectures and 10 seminars in MT. Coursework: One 1500-word formative essay to be submitted in MT Reading list: A detailed reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course. Core background includes: Burdett, R and Sudjic, D (2008) The Endless City, London, Phaidon; Carmona, M., Heath, T., Oc, T., and Tiesdell, S. (2003) Public Places Urban Spaces: the dimensions of urban design. London: Architectural Press; Larice, M. and Macdonald, E. (eds) (2007) The Urban Design Reader. London and New York: Routledge. R. Sennett, (1991) The Conscience of the Eye: the design and social life of cities, London, Faber and Faber. Assessment: An illustrated course essay of not more than 5,000 words to be submitted by 4.00pm on the first Tuesday of LT, two hard copies to be handed in to the Cities Administration Office, 8th floor Tower 2; a third copy to be posted onto Moodle.

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SO452 Urban Environment (Half Unit) Teacher responsible: Dr Ayona Datta Core syllabus: To develop a critical understanding of the conditions and the politics of sustainability that shape the urban environment. Content: This is an interdisciplinary course that introduces students to a critical understanding of the conditions that shape urban environments. It makes connections between the social, physical, and environmental aspects of cities through a broad range of topics. The course is structured around four key themes: Conceptualisations of urban environments, Environmental and spatial justice, Politics of infrastructure, and Approaches to sustainable urban environments. The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the range of scales and social actors who imagine different kinds of urban environments, and the issues at stake for 'sustainability' in these imaginings. Teaching: Teaching consists of ten one-hour lectures and ten one-hour seminars in LT. Formative Coursework: A compulsory formative essay of no more than 2,000 words to be submitted in Week 8 of LT. Reading list: Key texts include: Harvey, D (1996) Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference, Oxford: Blackwell; Heynen, N., Kaika, M., and Swyngedouw, E. (2006) In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology and the Politics of Urban Metabolism, London: Routledge; R Rogers, (1998) Cities for a Small Planet, London: Faber press.; Barry J, Environment and Social Theory 1999, London: Routledge. Assessment: A course essay of not more than 5,000 words on an approved topic to be submitted at the beginning of the ST. Two hard copies of the essay should be submitted to the Cities Administration Office, 8th floor Tower 2, no later than 4.00pm on the first Tuesday of the Summer Term; a third copy to be posted to Moodle. SO448 City Design Research Studio (One and a Half Units) Teacher responsible: Dr Fran Tonkiss Studio leaders: Juliet Davis, Suzanne Hall City-making seminar: Philipp Rode, Savvas Verdis Core syllabus: The City Design and Social Science Research Studio course is the central unit of the MSc programme, linking the theoretical issues raised in the core and optional lecture courses, with the practical analysis of issues of city design and development processes. The course addresses design as a mode of research and practice that shapes urban environments, responds to urban problems, and connects visual, social and material forms in the city. It aims to integrate the economic, social political and cultural aspects of the city and demonstrate ways to communicate these visually, textually and verbally. Content: The Studio is divided into three parts. • In the first term, the course explores key approaches to spatial and social analysis in urban contexts with a practical focus on London. This includes methods for analysing design contexts and problems; social research methods; and methods of visual representation and documentation. During the second term, students continue to work independently in project teams with Studio Leaders on specific design, social and spatial issues in the London site, while formal teaching is centred on the Studio seminar in City-making: the politics of urban form (SO465) which examines urban politics and planning through a range of international cases. This term includes an international Studio field-trip. In third term, students complete independent design theses or research dissertations, either individually or in small groups.

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to develop their visual, verbal and written communication skills as they relate to the urban design and development process. The acquisition of skills in interpreting and describing the city will equip students for more effective communication with urban designers, planners and policy-makers, to critically investigate the relationship between the built environment and social issues, and to engage in debates on the future of cities worldwide. Assessment: The course carries a weight the equivalent of 1.5 units, out of a total of 4 units for the MSc degree. Overall assessment is based on the following submissions: 1. London Studio project (30%) 2. City-making project (20%) 3. 10,000 word Research/design thesis (50%)

Optional Courses
We encourage our students to investigate the academic content of potential optional courses during the first couple of weeks of term. You will need to make a formal decision on which options you will take by the third week of October 2010. There is a list of approved optional courses (see below or go to the LSE webpage MSc City Design and Social Science) but you are allowed to apply to other courses that interest you, subject to the approval of the relevant course teacher and the Programme Director of the MSc City Design and Social Science. You are not allowed to take any optional course that clashes with the timing of the core courses of the Cities Programme. If you are not sure about your selection please consult your personal tutor. Approved optional courses 2010/11: The Economics of Urban and Regional Planning Economics of Local and Regional Development – Cities, People and Poverty in the South Planning for Sustainable Cities Economic Appraisal and Valuation Social Exclusion, Inequality and the 'Underclass' Debate Social and Political Aspects of Regional and Urban Planning International Housing and Human Settlements Housing, Neighbourhoods and Communities Environmental Assessment Cities and Social Change in East Asia Cities, Politics and Citizenship MSc City Design and Social Science Handbook 2010–11


The approved optional courses for the MSc City Design and Social Science are taught in the Departments of Economics, Geography and Environment, and Social Policy. While these courses have been approved by the relevant convenors for the MSc City Design and Social Science, in certain cases where course are over-subscribed, priority will be given to students on other programmes for which these are core units or options; in these cases Cities Programme students may take these options subject to places being available. Please consult the course convenor. You may take other courses in the Department of Sociology, or other departments, by agreement with the course teacher and the Programme Director, MSc City Design and Social Science.

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Formal Assessment
Submitting assessed essays, Studio projects and the Research/Design Thesis For your core courses in the Cities Programme you will be asked to prepare essay, project or thesis work of a specific number of words, along with a specific deadline for each piece of work. This word count excludes tables, figures, appendices and bibliography but includes endnotes and footnotes. Two word-processed copies of the completed essay, project or thesis should be given by you in person to the Cities Programme Administrator, 8th floor Tower 2. All deadlines are non-negotiable. You should see that your Examination Candidate Number, but NOT your name or your student ID, appears clearly on the front of the essay, project or thesis, along with the word count. Moodle: Unless otherwise advised you will be required to upload a copy of your essay electronically on to Moodle so that it may be submitted to plagiarism-detection software. NB For SO448 City Design Research Studio you may be required to submit work in a different format and to submit a CD in addition to hard copies. You will be advised in advance of the precise requirements for each piece of project work. Coursework Submission Form and Plagiarism Statement: You will be asked to complete and sign a form entitled ‘Coursework Submission Form and Plagiarism Statement’. The bottom part of this form is also your receipt. Plagiarism (unacknowledged borrowing and quotation) is an examination offence and carries heavy penalties. The form you will be asked to sign states the following: I declare that, apart from properly referenced quotations, this dissertation is my own work and contains no plagiarism; it has not been submitted previously for any other assessed unit on this or other degree courses. I have read and understood the School’s rules on assessment offences as stated in the Graduate/Undergraduate School Calendar. Plagiarism Assessment is the means by which the standards that students achieve are made known to the School and beyond; it also provides students with detached and impartial feedback on their performance. It also forms a significant part of the process by which the School monitors its own standards of teaching and student support. It therefore follows that all work presented for assessment must be that of the student. What is plagiarism? All work for classes and seminars as well as scripts (which include, for example, essays, dissertations and any other work, including computer programs) must be the student's own work. Quotations must be placed properly within quotation marks or indented and must be cited fully. All paraphrased material must be acknowledged. Infringing this requirement, whether deliberately or not, or passing off the work of others as the work of the student, whether deliberately or not, is plagiarism. For detailed information, please access this link:

Plagiarism detection You are required to post a copy of your coursework into a specific Moodle site against which the JISC Plagiarism Detection Service software can be run. This is in addition to the two hard copies that you will turn into the department’s administration office. You can take a look at their website at to see how it all works. Further details can be provided by the Cities Programme administrator. It is suggested that, for your own records, you prepare and retain copies of your coursework and your portfolio, since the submitted copies will not be returned to you.

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Assessment of outside options: Your option courses will be assessed according to the requirements of the relevant course and department regulations. Please consult course convenors and administrators in the relevant department for information on assessment requirements, submission procedures and examinations. Late submission: Essay, project or thesis work submitted after the deadline will be subject to the penalty of a deduction of 5 marks out of a possible 100 marks available for this piece of work per day or part thereof of the late submission. Penalties for late submissions may be waived where there are verifiable extenuating circumstances (e.g., shown by a medical certificate), subject to final confirmation by the Chair of the MSc City Design and Social Science Sub-board of Examiners. Applications for consideration of a late submission should be made in the first instance to the administrator of the MSc Programme, and a mitigation form should be completed via the Student Services Centre. Further information is available at: Candidates using word-processing equipment during the preparation of their work are strongly advised to make frequent back-up copies of their text. Disk, computer or printer failure will not be regarded as a legitimate excuse for late submission of a piece of course work. Please note that the MSc Examination Sub-Board meets only once a year in mid-October for the purpose of determining degree results; if you do not submit your thesis or other pieces of work in time for it to be assessed, you will have to wait until the following year to receive your degree. Exam results are released by the School in late November after the final Exam Board. You can then access LSE for You to see your results. External (non-LSE) examiners participate in all stages of the examining process, including vetting examination papers, reviewing exam scripts, dissertations and course work – as is usual in all British universities.

Schemes for the Award of a Taught Master’s Degree These schemes should be read in conjunction with the Regulations for Taught Masters Degrees, the programme regulations for the Masters degree on which the candidate is registered, the relevant on-line Taught Masters Course Guides and the Code of Good Practice for Taught Masters Programmes: Teaching, Learning and Assessment. The link for students entering in 2010 is: Regulations for Taught Masters Degrees for students entering in 2009/10 and after ( Each candidate shall be given an overall result for each course as follows:

Mark 0 – 39% 40 - 49% 50 - 59% 60 - 69% 70% and over

Grade Bad Fail Fail Pass Merit Distinction

Dissertations that are generally satisfactory but fall short of the required standard of presentation may be referred for emendation within one month of the examiners’ meeting. Please note the requirement that in order to pass your whole MSc, you must pass the dissertation with a mark of at least 50.

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Feedback You will receive feedback from course teachers and supervisors over the course of the programme to support the development of your work. Feedback is provided in a number of forms: (i) verbal feedback during office hours, individual and/or group tutorials, desk-crits and supervisions; (ii) verbal feedback in response to class and Studio presentations and in dissertation workshops; (iii) written feedback on formative and/or summative coursework, and – where appropriate – on class presentations and drafts of dissertation work; (iv) written feedback may be provided in hard copy, or electronically via e-mail, Moodle or LSE for You. The Programme’s policy is to provide feedback within two weeks of submission of formative coursework or draft written material. Assessment Criteria and Postgraduate Mark Frame The candidate’s performance shall be assessed across four modules, or module equivalents comprising of half-units (hereinafter referred to generically as ‘modules’). Below is a general mark frame which illustrates the assessment criteria that your course teachers are employing:

Distinction (70 per cent or higher) This class of pass is awarded when the essay demonstrates clarity of analysis, engages directly with the question, and shows an independent and critical interpretation of the issues raised by it. The essay shows exemplary skill in presenting a logical and coherent argument and an outstanding breadth and depth of reading. The essay is presented in a polished and professional manner, and all citations, footnotes and bibliography are rendered in the proper academic form. Essays in the upper range of this class (80 per cent and higher) may make an original academic contribution to the subject under discussion. Answers in the upper range will be outstanding in terms of originality, sophistication and breadth of understanding of relevant themes and material. Merit (60-69 per cent) This class of pass is awarded when the essay attempts a systematic analysis of the issues raised by the question and demonstrates independent thought. The essay shows appropriate skill in presenting a clearly reasoned argument, and draws on a good range of relevant literature. The essay is well-presented and citations, footnotes and bibliography are rendered in the proper academic form. Pass (50-59 per cent) This class of pass is awarded when the essay shows understanding of the issues raised by the question, and demonstrates an engagement with relevant literature. The discussion may rely more heavily on description than on independent analysis. There may be some inconsistencies, irrelevant points and unsubstantiated claims in the argument. Presentation and referencing is adequate but may contain inaccuracies. Fail (40-49 per cent) The essay shows limited understanding of the subject and lacks evidence of an independent response to the question. It may be based entirely on lecture material, poorly structured and contain significant errors of fact. The essay may be incomplete, including poor presentation and inadequate referencing, and fail to demonstrate an appropriate level of engagement with relevant literature. Bad Fail (0-39 per cent) The essay is incomplete or fails to address the question under study. It provides little evidence of reading or understanding. It may be poorly presented and lack referencing.

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Information about studying at LSE
Programme Registration At the start of the academic year you need to register on your programme of study. Each programme / department is allocated a specific registration time slot. You will need to provide proof of your eligibility to study in the UK in order to receive your School ID card. This card will, amongst other things, allow you to access your library account. For more information on programme registration, including registration schedules and information for continuing students, please see: New Arrivals Information and Orientation The New Arrivals section of the School website provides comprehensive information to help you settle in to life at the LSE. The new arrivals pages contain details of all Orientation events taking place at the start of the academic year; including those specific to your department, the Students’ Union Freshers’ Fayre, as well as central School Orientation events. These events are designed to give you essential information to make the most of your time at the School and provide an opportunity to meet other LSE students. The site also includes details of when your registration session will take place and what you need to bring with you to successfully register on your programme. Other New Arrivals information available includes advice on student mentoring, School support services, opening a bank account and setting up your LSE IT account International Student Immigration Service (ISIS) We can advise you on your immigration options while studying at LSE, for example: • • • • • • • • Applying to extend your stay in the UK Switching immigration categories Immigration implications if you need to interrupt your studies or retake your exams Correcting the end date of your visa if there has been a mistake What to do if your application is returned as invalid or is refused Registering with the police What to do if your passport is lost or stolen Travelling in and out of the UK

For more information go to: About ISIS - Visas and immigration - Student Services Centre - Students - Staff and students - Home Fees The School offers two options for payment of fees. They can either be paid in full in September/October or by Personal Payment Plan using, or as one third at the start of each term. If you do not know the cost of your fees, please see the Table of Fees at How to pay your Fees You can pay by cheque either by posting your cheque to the Fees Office or by using the drop-box in the Student Service Centre. You can pay by credit/debit card either after you have registered by using the fees page on LSE for You; or you can pay on-line using the following link

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You can pay by Bank Transfer; the full details of our bank account are at rm.pdf Penalties for Late Payment There are penalties for late payment. These may include loss of library rights, de-registration, referral to Credit Control or fines. You will be warned by email if your payments are late and/or if sanctions are going to be imposed on you. At this time you are able to contact the Fees Office directly. Please visit the Fees Office website for more information at Certificate of Registration A certificate of registration provides proof to organisations, such as the Home Office, council tax offices and banks, that you are registered as a current student at the School. It details your full name, date of birth, term time and permanent home addresses, student number, the title, subject, start and end dates of your programme, registration status and expected date of graduation. As a currently registered student you can print out your certificate instantly via LSE for You under the ‘Certificate of Registration’ option. Should you experience difficulties using the LSE for You system, or require a certificate with additional information, please email Your certificate should be available within three working days, although it may take up to five working days during busy periods. Additionally, should you require your certificate to be signed and stamped, staff at the Student Services Centre will be happy to do this for you. Further information is available at: px

Term dates and School closures Academic year 2010-2011 Michaelmas Term Thursday 30 September - Friday 10 December 2010 Lent Term Monday 10 January - Friday 25 March 2011 (N.B eleven week term) Summer Term Tuesday 3 May - Friday 1 July 2011 (N.B nine week term) The School will also be closed on English public holidays. In 2010/2011 these will be Christmas Closure New Year's Day Holiday Easter Closure May Bank Holiday Spring Bank Holiday Summer Bank Holiday Thursday 23 December – Friday 31 December 2010 Monday 3 Jan 2011 Thursday 21 April – Wednesday 27 April 2011 Monday 2 May 2011 Monday 30 May 2011 Monday 29 August 2011

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Course Choice You can make course choices using the LSE for You course selection system until Friday 29 October 2010.

For postgraduate students, many courses will have restricted access so an application will have to be made to the department teaching the course before it can be selected. If this is required, it will be indicated on the LFY course choice system. All course choices are subject to the approval of your home department. After the online course choice system has been switched off, in order to change a course you will need to fill in a ‘late course change’ form available from the Student Services Centre. More detailed information regarding course choice can be found at: Class Changes Seminar registration for postgraduate students is handled directly by the department teaching the course. For further detailed information, please see the following link:

Student Study Support The Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) offers study support to all students. There is a series of lectures and workshops throughout the academic year covering essay writing, time management, preparing for exams and dealing with stress etc. A limited number of one-to-one appointments can also be booked with a TLC study adviser to discuss strategies for quantitative/qualitative subjects or with the Royal Literary Fund Fellow to improve writing style. Email or call 020 7852 3627. You are encouraged to register on the TLC Moodle course Learning World (LW) from the beginning of the Michaelmas term and to regularly check LSE Training ( for full details of resources and courses to support your learning. LSE Student Counselling Service The LSE Student Counselling Service is part of the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) and is located in th our main office on the 5 Floor of 20 Kingsway. This free and confidential service aims to enable you to cope with personal or study difficulties that may be affecting you while at LSE. Throughout the academic year, there are also group sessions and workshops concerning issues such as exam anxiety and stress management. For full details, please see All counselling sessions need to be booked in advance, but there is a limited number of daily emergency slots available. You can make an appointment by email (, phone (020 7852 3627) or by coming in to the TLC office (G507). Services for Disabled and Dyslexic Students Disability equality is the responsibility of the whole School. If you are disabled, dyslexic or have a long term medical condition you are entitled to services from the School to facilitate equal access to services and help with your studies. The Disability and Well-being Office (DWO), headed by Nicola Martin, co-ordinates specialist individual assistance, for example, advice from a mental health adviser or dyslexia specialist. You may be entitled to an individual student support agreement (ISSA). This is created by the DWO and outlines relevant reasonable adjustments. It is disseminated to staff within the school, as agreed by you and the DWO, to meet your needs. For further information please visit or email

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English Language Support and Foreign Language Courses If English is not your first language the Language Centre is on hand to give you advice and support throughout your time at LSE. The support is free and starts as soon as your main course starts. There are specific classes for academic units and information sessions are held during the first days of term to advise you on the most appropriate classes to take. Classes begin in week 2 of the Michaelmas Term. Please see for information on the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) In-sessional Support Programme. The LSE Language Centre also offers an extra-curricular programme in a range of modern foreign languages which is open to all LSE members. To help you choose the most appropriate course there are a series of information sessions and individual appointments held during the first weeks of term. Courses start in week 5 of the Michaelmas Term and the cost of a standard course in 2010-11 is £215.00. Please see for information on the Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Certificate Course Programme. Welfare Services (see also individual entries in this handbook) The Student Counselling Service offers you the opportunity to talk confidentially about any issues that are causing you concern. The Disability and Well-being Office can set up an Individual Student Support Arrangement for any students with a disability, including dyslexia. This support can cover issues such as travelling to the LSE, getting around campus, coursework deadlines, class materials, and examination arrangements. The Students' Union has an Advice and Counselling Service which provides legal advice on housing, immigration, visa extensions, employment problems, welfare benefits, grants, fee status and disability rights. The Chaplaincy is available to all students of any faith, or none, to confidentially discuss anything and everything. Nightline is a free and confidential listening service run by students for students from 6pm to 8am. St Philips Medical Centre is an on campus NHS medical practice available to students living locally to the School. Careers Service LSE Careers is a very active service offering a wide range of activities about campus, online and in the Careers Service on Floor 3, Tower 6. Find out what is happening right now at: Our aim is to advise you through the career planning and recruitment process, helping you to research options, acquire employable skills and promote yourself to employers in the best way. We do this through a programme of careers advice sessions, seminars, an extensive information website, fairs, forums, employerled events and more. LSE is very fortunate in attracting the top recruiters in many sectors which enables us to run an LSEexclusive vacancy board full of internships, voluntary, part time and graduate positions. LSE Careers also run a series of internships schemes. Internships can allow you to gain practical experience in your chosen sector, can help you develop employable skills and can be the perfect platform to make key contacts for your future job search. We work closely with employers to secure internship opportunities in all sectors with a focus on business and management and with entrepreneurs. We also source a series of graduate internships to help you make the transition from study to employment. You can search for internship opportunities throughout the year on My Careers Service.

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If you are considering a career in parliament, public and social policy, media policy or corporate social responsibility, look out for the LSE Internship scheme, which offers internships for up to 15 hours per week for postgraduate students. Applications open in early October each year. The LSE Volunteer Centre is also based within the Careers Service and is here to support you in finding voluntary roles while studying. We advertise volunteering opportunities at different charities across London and internationally, with positions ranging from one-off opportunities to part time internships with charities. The annual Volunteering Fair takes place in the first week of Michaelmas term and is a great opportunity to meet with over twenty charities. Throughout the year, we run skills, training and information events and work with charity partners to support student-focused projects, such as the READ Campus books drive, FoodCycle and the Teach First Access Bus. Take a look at the Volunteer Centre website for practical information and advice about volunteering while at LSE and then search under ‘volunteering’ to browse through the exciting range of positions available on My Careers Service: Booking for all events and appointments at LSE Careers and searching for jobs and opportunities is available in one place on the My Careers Service system via our website. We can work with you whatever role you may wish to pursue and whatever stage you have reached in planning your future after LSE. To get started, take a look at Student Services Centre (SSC) The Student Services Centre provides advice and information on the following services • Admissions • Certificates of Registration • Course choice and class changes • Examinations and results • Fees – process fee payments and distribute cheques • Financial Support – Advice on scholarships, awards, prizes, emergency funding and studentships • Information for new arrivals • Programme Registration • Presentation of Awards Ceremonies • Transcripts and Degree certificates • Visa and immigration advice The SSC provides a counter service for students at the following times: 10am–5pm every weekday during term time 10am-4pm during vacation. You can also contact us by telephone. Details of who to contact and more information on advice can be found on our website: Financial Support The Financial Support Office is located within LSE's Student Services Centre and is responsible for administering School funds and a variety of scholarships, studentships, prizes and awards. Student Support Fund For students who register with sufficient funding but who subsequently experience unforeseen financial difficulties. In all cases applicants need to provide supporting documentation. PhD students who are in the final stages of completing their thesis are also eligible to apply. Access to Learning Fund To assist Home UK students with their living costs. Funds are limited and priority is given to undergraduates, students with children, disabled students, and final year students.

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Short Term Loan facility For students experiencing acute cash flow difficulties whilst awaiting a guaranteed source of funds (e.g. a loan or salary payment). Students may borrow up to £500, repayable within 4 weeks. Short Term Loans normally take between 24 and 48 hours to process. Postgraduate Travel Fund For postgraduate research students attending a conference at which they have been invited to give a paper. Further information about all of the above, and application forms, are available from Presentation Ceremonies Presentation ceremonies are held twice a year: in July for students who have followed undergraduate or nine-month taught postgraduate degree programmes, and in December for students who have followed twelve-month taught postgraduate degree programmes. MPhil/PhD research students are presented at both the July and December ceremonies. Invitations are emailed to all students expected to successfully complete their programme of study around two months before the ceremonies. Tickets can then be booked online. The ceremonies take place in the Peacock Theatre and you are able to bring along two guests. The ceremony itself usually lasts between one and one and a quarter hours and is immediately followed by an on-campus drinks reception. For more information on the presentation ceremonies, please see: Transcripts and Degree Certificates For up to date information on obtaining a copy of your results transcript, please see: The degree certificate details your full name, level of award, programme of study, and class of degree or other award obtained. Your certificates will be available for collection on the day of the School's presentation ceremonies. If you are unable to attend the ceremony, it will be posted out to you within four weeks of the ceremony. Certificates are sent to students' home addresses so please ensure that your home address is complete and up-to-date on LSE for You before the ceremonies. For further information on degree certificates, please see: spx Interruption / Deferral / Withdrawal If you experience any difficulties during your time at LSE then you should make sure that you keep in regular contact with your Academic Adviser. He/she will be able to help signpost you to appropriate services within the School so that you receive the necessary support to hopefully enable you to continue studying successfully. However, with approval from your department you can interrupt your programme by taking an authorised break in your studies, normally from the end of one term and for one calendar year. Withdrawing means that you are permanently leaving the programme. Before withdrawing you may want to consider interruption so that you have some time to consider your options.

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If you complete the teaching year but have difficulties during the examination period then in exceptional circumstances you can apply to defer an examination(s) to the following year. g/deferral.aspx LSE for You LSE for You is the School's institutional portal. It provides all members of the School community with direct access to their records on the School's various databases. Please visit LSE for You to, amongst other things, progress your application for a place at the School, register, check your fees and enrol for courses For further guidance on how to use LSE for You please consult its individual web pages or email Email The School uses the email program Microsoft Outlook, which is available on every public computer on the LSE network. You may also access e-mail off campus using webmail, remote desktop or a variety of email clients for both personal computers and mobile phones. Students are allocated 200MB for email. We recommend that you develop a filing system, frequently deleting and archiving mail to ensure you stay within your limit. IT Support Student IT Help Desk - first floor, Library Contact the IT Help Desk for support regarding School-owned hardware and software on the LSE network, network and email account issues, and general IT queries. VITA (Virtual IT Assistance) Double click on the 'Virtual IT Assistance' icon on the desktop of a campus PC to get real-time assistance from an IT Help Desk Adviser during opening hours. Laptop Surgery - S198, St Clements Building Visit the Laptop Surgery for free advice and hands on assistance with problems connecting to LSE resources from personally owned laptops and mobile devices. IT Support for disabled students IT Services is committed to providing facilities and support for disabled students, to ensure equality of access to services. Additional PCs and printing facilities for disabled students are provided in the public computer areas in the Library. Other facilities are available in three dedicated PC rooms in the Library (R25,26) and St Clements Building (S073). We also provide one-to-one support for disabled students who wish to become familiar with adaptive technologies and software. For contact details and further information about our services visit Moodle Moodle is the name of the School's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) run by the Centre for Learning Technology. Moodle is a password protected web environment that may contain a range of teaching resources, activities, assignments, information and discussions relating to your course. The content of Moodle is the responsibility of your teacher and so it will vary from course to course. Not all teachers choose to use Moodle. Moodle can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet, on and off campus. You can access Moodle using your School user name and password from This page also has links to help and advice on using Moodle.

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To get started with Moodle see . You will also find links to Moodle from a number of web pages including the main School homepage for staff and students. If you have any technical problems with Moodle you should contact the IT helpdesk.

Staff-Student Liaison Committees Staff-Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs) take place at a departmental or institute level and typically meet once a term. The meetings provide a forum for students both to share their views about their programmes of study and to discuss issues that affect the student community as a whole. SSLCs are made up of student representatives from each programme of study together with appropriate academic staff. Normally, there is one representative for each year of each programme, although this can vary depending on the number of students in the department/institute. The SSLC also elects one representative to attend the relevant School level Students' Consultative Forum. More information on the Consultative Fora can be found by following the link Codes of Good Practice: Teaching, Learning and Assessment The Codes of Practice for Undergraduates and Taught Masters Programmes explain the basic reciprocal obligations and responsibilities of staff and students. They set out what you can expect from your Departments – and what Departments are expected to provide – in relation to the teaching and learning experience. The Codes cover areas like the roles and responsibilities of Academic Advisers and Departmental Tutors; the structure of teaching at the School; examinations and assessment. They also set out your responsibilities, i.e. what the School expects of you. ammesTeachingLearningAndAssessment.htm General School and Programme Regulations The School has Regulations and Codes of Conduct covering many aspects of student life and it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the policies which exist. Some of the regulations explain the organisation and conduct of your academic study and you are advised to refer to the General Academic Regulations and Programme Regulations. These include information about the structure of programmes, assessment, graduation and what to do if illness affects your studies. The following web link details the General Academic Regulations. The following web links detail the School’s Programme Regulations.

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Regulations for Taught Masters degrees (before 2009/10) Regulations for Taught Masters degrees (entering in or after 2009/10) Regulations on assessment offences: other than plagiarism Regulations for the consideration of appeals against decisions of boards of examiners for taught courses

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Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty The work you submit for assessment must be your own. If you try to pass off the work of others as your own you will be committing plagiarism. Any quotation from the published or unpublished works of other persons, including other candidates, must be clearly identified as such, being placed inside quotation marks and a full reference to their sources must be provided in proper form. A series of short quotations from several different sources, if not clearly identified as such, constitutes plagiarism just as much as does a single unacknowledged long quotation from a single source. The examiners are vigilant for cases of plagiarism and the School uses plagiarism detection software to identify plagiarised text. Work containing plagiarism may be referred to an Assessment Misconduct Panel which may result in severe penalties. If you are unsure about the academic referencing conventions used by the School you should seek guidance from your tutor or the Library, see link below. The Regulations on Plagiarism can be found at the following web link. Results Results are published following the meetings of the School Board of Examiners for undergraduate programmes and Graduate School Board of Examiners for graduate programmes. These meetings take place in early July and results are generally published within 48 hours. Precise dates of publication are published on the Student Services Service Website during the course of the year. Results for 12 month taught Master’s programmes are considered at the Graduate School Board of Examiners in November and results published by the end of that month. The School does not release provisional results to students, i.e. those not ratified by the relevant School Board of Examiners. However, some individual Departments release information about provisional results. Please contact your home Department directly for information about its practice. Please note: the School will not release your results if you owe any fees. Please check your balance on LSE for You to see if you have any tuition, halls or library fees outstanding. If you cannot see any outstanding fees on your account, then please contact the Finance Office on for clarification Transcripts of Results After each examination session you will be able to request a transcript of your marks called an 'intermediate transcript' online via LSE for You. The Student Services Centre aims to despatch all requests for intermediate transcripts within five working days of the request being made online. These are provided free of charge to current students and recent alumni (those who graduated within one calendar year of the official end date of your course). The Student Services Centre will send a full transcript of results to students who have completed their programmes during the Summer following the end of the programme. Transcripts contain the following information: • Your full name • Your date of birth • Your student number • The title and subject of your programme • The class of degree or other award obtained (if applicable) • The details of the courses studied and the marks awarded • Start date • Completion date (or expected completion date) • Graduation date(if applicable) • Language of instruction and assessment

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Classification Schemes Undergraduate and graduate degrees are classified according to the classification scheme which may vary depending on the year a programme started. Classification schemes are applied by the Boards of Examiners at their meetings in July and November each year. Please refer to the following web link for further details. Quality Assurance The School’s approach to quality assurance is set out in the document ‘Towards a Strategy for Managing Academic Standards and Quality’: It sets out broad principles for assuring academic standards and for enhancing the quality of educational provision. The School’s Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee (TLAC) is the body responsible for ensuring that the School and Departments discharge their responsibilities under ‘Towards a Strategy’. It does this by receiving reports on a range of related areas: degree and course outcomes, external examiners’ reports, reviews of Departments and Institutes, and national developments in quality assurance, to name but a few. It also monitors the outcomes of the quality assurance processes that Departments and Institutes operate locally, e.g. Staff-Student Liaison Committees, course and programme monitoring/review, Departmental/Teaching meetings, consideration of teaching surveys, etc. TLAC is serviced by the Teaching Quality Assurance and Review Office (TQARO). This office is responsible for supporting the School’s quality assurance infrastructure. This includes acting as the School’s point of contact with the Quality Assurance Agency, a national body that safeguards quality and standards in UK higher education. Student Teaching Surveys The Teaching Quality Assurance and Review Office (TQARO) conducts two School-wide surveys each year to assess students’ opinions of teaching. They provide teachers with important information about the perceived quality of their teaching, and the School with a measure of general teaching standards. The Graduate Teaching Assistant survey covers classroom teaching by hourly paid lecturers and takes place in the Michaelmas term. The permanent teacher survey takes place in both the Michaelmas and Lent terms. The surveys produce both quantitative and qualitative results. The paper questionnaires are distributed in classes and lectures to encourage higher response rates. Teaching scores are made available to individual teachers, heads of department, course convenors, the Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre and Pro-Director (Teaching and Learning). In addition to producing reports for individual teachers, TQARO produces aggregated quantitative data for departments and the School, which provide important performance indicators. The Library The LSE student card you receive at registration will also be your Library card. You do not need to register separately with the Library. To contact the Library use the online enquiry form: We’re here to help you make the most of the Library: • Visit the Library Welcome Point at the beginning of term for general information, your student guide, the library floor plan and audio tours. Staff will be available to answer your questions. • Our audio tour is an ideal introduction to Library layout and facilities. Borrow one from the Welcome Point at the start of term or download the podcast from the Library website. • Get started in the Library – all the information you need is on the website here – • Use our online Library Catalogue to locate books and journals. Locations are illustrated on an electronic map.

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• Sign up to a course about how to find items from your reading list and other training events via the online training database • Staff at the Help Desk on the first floor are available for any enquiries about using our collections and electronic resources. When inside the Library building, please remember: • Switch your mobile phone to silent mode when entering the Library building. • Make all mobile phone calls in a designated ‘Mobile Phone Zone’. • Eat and drink in the escape area (before the turnstiles) • Fully vacate your study place for others when taking a break. • Observe the no smoking rule. • Do not leave your bags unattended. • Show your Library card if asked. Students’ Union The Students’ Union is run by students, for students and exists to make LSE students’ time at the School the best it can be. It is run by an Executive Committee of five paid, elected student Sabbatical Officers and elected volunteers. • Representation and student engagement – the Union exists to represent students to the School and campaign on student issues through School committees and developing links with key external stakeholders. Student activities – the Union funds and supports over 200 societies, sports clubs, Media Group societies and Raising and Giving charitable fundraising. Welfare and student support – the Student Support Unit of legally-trained advice workers runs our Advice and Counselling Centre, which offers free, confidential advice to students on a range of issues. Commercial services – the Union runs the Three Tuns Pub, the Underground Bar, two Shops and the LSE Gym.

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Elected Representatives (2010-2011) Charlotte Gerada – General Secretary Ashok Kumar – Education Officer Hero Austin – Community & Welfare Officer Charlie Glyn – Activities & Development Officer The Chaplaincy The Chaplaincy to the LSE, whilst having a definite Christian identity, is nevertheless here for all students regardless of religious or non-religious background. There is a full-time Anglican Chaplain and part-time Roman Catholic and Free Church Chaplains, all of whom are available for any student to see who would like to have a confidential conversation or some advice. The Chaplaincy provides opportunity for worship with a weekly Catholic Mass and Anglican Eucharist. It also hosts study groups and bible studies as well as a variety of social activities, which change from term to term. The Chaplaincy is also host to an Inter - Faith Forum which incorporates all of the faith communities present at LSE. This Forum is the basis for a great deal of inter-faith friendship, co-operation and mutual understanding. The Chaplaincy can put you in touch with any of these communities. Above all the chaplaincy is here to provide a warm welcome and hospitality to all who come through its doors. The Chaplaincy can be found in G3, on the ground floor of 20 Kingsway. Visit or call 02079557965.

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Timetables The Timetables Offices is responsible for scheduling and allocating rooms to all of the School’s Undergraduate, Masters and Research taught courses. The timings of all taught courses can be viewed on the Timetables web page: Masters students self select seminar groups in LSE for You and you will need to check lecture times on the Timetables website. Where possible you will be notified of changes to scheduled teaching via email.

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