Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The London School of Economics

I've long heard of that school, mostly when someone's educational credentials came up.  I don't know about you, but when I read that word "economics", my regard for their intellect immediately goes up.  Trained economists have to have a strong mathematics background - it's not a degree for the sort who wants to party in college.

I've only taken 1 economics course, Intro to Economics.  I took it as part of my Associates degree; at that time, I wanted to major in Business.

It was the most mind-numbingly boring class I ever took.  I don't know quite how you can make a course that focuses on money boring, but it surely was.  Thank God the instructor didn't teach sex ed - I'd have chosen celibacy.

But, to meander still more, the London School of Economics (LSE) isn't THAT kind of Econ school.  Instead, it offers degrees in all the social sciences - meaning that you can be a math moron, and graduate.

LSE is dedicated solely to the study and research of social sciences, and is the only university in the United Kingdom to be so. The School offers over 140 MSc programmes, 4MPA programmes, an LLM, 30 BScprogrammes, an LLB and 4 BA programmes (including International History and Geography).[40] LSE is only one of two British universities to teach a BSc in Economic History, the other being the University of Cambridge. Other subjects pioneered by LSE include anthropology, criminology, international relations, social psychology sociology and social policy.[41] Courses are split across more than thirty research centres and nineteen departments, plus a Language Centre.[42] Since programmes are all within the social sciences, they closely resemble each other, and undergraduate students usually take at least one course module in a subject outside of their degree for their first and second years of study, promoting a broader education in the social sciences.
Does it help to know that the school was founded by members of the Fabian Society?  Who, to my surprise, weren't rock afficianados (get it, Fabian?), but socialists.

The Fabian Society is a British intellectual socialist movement, whose purpose is to advance the principles of social democracy via gradualist and reformist, rather than revolutionary, means. It is best known for its initial ground-breaking work beginning late in the 19th century and continuing up to World War I. The society laid many of the foundations of the Labour Party and subsequently affected the policies of states emerging from the decolonisation of theBritish Empire, especially India. Today, the society is a vanguard "think tank" of the New Labour movement.
Gee, reformist, rather than revolutionary, means - whatever does that remind you of?

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