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History and politics: new categories, new courses!

7 April 2022
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City Lit tutor Dr. Martin Jorgensen shares an update from the History and Politics department.

At the beginning of this term, we updated some of our History and Politics categories on our website.

With these changes we are not merely offering new courses across different categories to offer a broader provision. We also want our courses to focus on ‘headlines and beyond’ to help us understand the world around us. Timely courses for a changing world!

Some of these new courses have run this term already, others will do so in term 3 (May – Aug).

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Changes to History & Politics categories

Economics’ is now a category on its own. So is ‘Politics and current affairs'.

In the same vein, ‘World history’ also became ‘Asian history’, ‘African history (courses coming soon)’ and 'Global history’, now adding breadth to the existing categories of ‘British history’, ‘European history’ and ‘History of the Americas’.


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Courses you might be interested in...

If you’re looking for courses here and now, some of these new courses may be what you are looking for:

Within Asian history and politics, your options now include, for example

  • ‘Indian women and the Raj’ (HWH65),
  • ‘The Ottoman empire in world history’ (HWH45) and
  • ‘Islam and politics in South and Southeast Asia post-1945’ (HPC106)
  • ‘Rising powers: India’ (HPC110)

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If you’re interested in the Americas, these courses may be of interest to you:

  • ‘Plants, people, politics and profits: the Brazilian Amazon through the lens of ethnobotany‘ (HWH68) or
  • ‘First Nations before and in US history’ (HAH65)


If you’re curious about ongoing current affairs, questions around freedom and/or how to understand different aspects of past and present in culture and different places, these courses appeal to you:

  • ‘Anthropology of space, place and the cultural landscape‘ (HA007)
  • ‘Who owns culture? The politics and poetics of decolonising museum displays‘ (HWH66)
  • Themes in intellectual history: what is freedom? (HMI11)
  • ‘Global issues: conflict’ (HPC107)
  • ‘Global issues: migration’ (HPC11)
  • ‘Global issues: human rights’ (HPC108)
  • ‘More current affairs’ (HPC46)
  • ‘Trends, debates and challenges in international trade, finance and development’ (HPC104)
  • ‘Advanced political study’ (HPC30)

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If you want to know more about Economics, have a look at these:

  • ‘Farms to Finance: an introduction to political economy’ (HPC103)
  • ‘History of economic thought: from Adam Smith to neoliberalism’ (HPC86)

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More courses will be added as term 3 goes on also. Lastly, we will also add more new courses across the categories from September. So, keep an eye out for our additions! 

We love to hear from you!

We aim to offer you courses of relevance to you. If you have any course ideas for our new categories, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Martin Jorgensen,

Hearing from you will help us offer courses of interest and relevance to you!

About the Author

Dr Martin Jorgensen

Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a historian by education (BA, MA and PhD in Denmark and Belgium). His research focuses on how forms of international cooperation were new international undertakings but also reflected deeper imperial practices that lingered on long after decolonization in various ways.

As a university teacher, he has taught courses on world and global history; imperial and colonial history; the history of international organisations; peace and conflict; global issues and international relations as well as how memory is an active dimension in community-building, society, politics, international relations, conflict as well as corporate branding. Perhaps more importantly, Martin sees the active promotion of robust historical thinking as both a democratic practice of vital importance to the maintenance and continued strengthening of democracy and thus society as a whole. At City Lit, Martin combines these interests with his learner-centric approach that aims to both promote history as a socially relevant way of thinking and give each class and course a horizon beyond itself.