History, Politics & Economics Courses in London

Check out our diverse collection of history, politics and economics courses, ranging from the history of art, music & fashion to power politics, globalisation & empires, and our popular London history and walks. Discover events that shaped today’s world, through courses in European, Asian, African and American history.

No prior knowledge is required, courses are open to everyone and tutors will spark and indulge interests in classes covering a broad range of topics.

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To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

  1. US election special: update 5

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 28 May 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Now that it seems certain that President Trump will face former Vice President Biden in November's election, we will look at the race; its mechanics; what is happening; and what is the historical context. We will also be exploring the upcoming congressional elections and the effect it will have on the Senate and House.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  2. The Russian Civil War: 1917-1922

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Russian civil war (1917 - 1922) took place in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolutions of 1917. While

    many factions vied to determine the course of Russia's future, the two largest groups were the Red Army (led by Lenin) and the White Armies (led by former officers of the Tsarist state). Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. American political institutions

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 11 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This four-week, lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewing its structure and constituent parts. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  4. Britain and the Empire: The 1807 Abolition of the slave trade

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Why did the British slave trade end in 1807 despite its apparent financial gains? Historians have long debated the reasons for the abolition of the slave trade, variously citing economic, social, political and moral factors.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. Michael Collins and Ireland

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online


    On this 3 week course we will assess the career and complex legacy of the Irish dissident, politician and military leader, Michael Collins.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Global political Islam

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 18 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Debates concerning Islam and its impact on global politics has come to dominate the contemporary political landscape. On this short interactive lecture course you will gain an understanding of the mindset upon which Islam and politics has been fused and its role in contemporary Islamic thought and movement. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. The Medieval Apocalypse: visions of the End

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did our medieval ancestors explain the End Times? We look at texts and illustrations to see how the End of the World was imagined and identify the warning signs that fostered a number of (luckily false) predictions! Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Modern France: from de Gaulle and the Resistance to Macron

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    (Re)discover France's complex politics during the Fourth and Fifth Republics, and the social challenges and tensions the country faced both at times of growth and modernisation and of crisis and doubts. Course tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies. Photo: Giovanni Dall'Orto

    Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore Muslim societies in modern times: the reception of modern ideas and institutions, the status of traditional practices, debates around the nation state, democracy, gender, identity, globalisation and extremism. Tutor: Farid Panjwani.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  10. History and memory as democratic practice

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The workshop will explore history and memory work in the different spheres of British politics, activism, popular culture, heritage, history education, and historical research and openly address the question of how we can engage to promote history and memory work as democratic practice.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  11. The Robber Barons of America's Gilded Age

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The industrialists of late 19-century America were pejoratively known as the ‘Robber Barons’. These men massed fortunes, creating companies that would come to transform America’s new frontier. We explore these men, the industrial empires they created and their legacies.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  12. Spain in the twentieth century

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Civil war, dictatorship and democracy – how Spain’s past, present and future clashed on key issues including democracy, fascism, Catalan separatism, conservatism and the Catholic church and the drive for modernisation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  13. World history: a tour beyond the eurocentric

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Arguably, the media’s relentless blasting of one global crisis after another tell us that we must think globally. Yet, how do we go about that with regards to history? Do we think only about the global past or do we situate our understanding in the global present? And if we can even agree on that, do we give primacy to oceans, empires and imperialism, technology and arms, trade and finances, power and resistance, people or systems, or all of them? Where we grow up, how our societies are organised and relate to the past in different ways also influence how we think about the world and its history. In some communities and societies, the past comes alive through generational family and kinship narratives rather than the nation (as we in most European societies consider the norm). These issues complicate how to do world history. In this course, we take therefore on this challenge.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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