— LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) December 3, 2015
The LSE posted a statement on their website at the start of December, announcing this important change to their curriculum.
From December 2015, all second-year undergraduate students at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) will begin to study the war on drugs, through the School’s innovative LSE100 course. LSE is the first university in the world to require all of its undergraduates to study this topic.
This is great news for those in the drug policy reform world as we approach the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs 2016 (UNGASS). To have an institution like the LSE make such a public commitment to educating policy makers on the war on drugs is a delight for reform advocates everywhere.
Dr John Collins, coordinator of LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project will lecture undergraduates in the origins of the war on drugs. He outlined the importance of the course, saying:
“With this course, LSE is breaking new ground in teaching the next generation of policymakers about this issue. We are a global university which has influenced policies the world over by our teaching. Drug policy will be an issue where LSE continues to drive policy innovation and change based on rigorous social science research.”
Dr Collins hosted the LSE IDEAS event in November where Aodhán Ó Ríordáin the Irish Minister with responsibility for Drug Strategy announced a new direction for Ireland’s response to drugs.
Keep updated on LSE and their drug policy projects here.