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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  1. The US Presidents who made the post-war world

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Lecture based course covering the five American Presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) who shaped the post-War world both in their own country and beyond. Both America and the world changed hugely during this period, often directly influenced by these five Presidents. Tutors: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. Current affairs: global issues, activism and protest

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this course, we will explore and discuss social movements, activist projects and protests engaged in the following global issues: Migration, Modern Slavery, Human Rights violations, Inequalities, and Climate Change.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  3. Metternich, Bismarck and the changing face of 19th century Europe

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The workshop explores the life and times of two statesmen who, transcending the leadership of their own countries, came to shape the face of Europe in the nineteenth century.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. The politics and society of contemporary India

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The structure of Indian society, its colonial heritage, and the fabric of India's rich cultural history have shaped, and in turn have been shaped by, the politics and economic changes over the centuries - telling the rich story of how contemporary India came to be. We will examine contemporary India through its politics and society in this interactive lecture day-course. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  5. Countdown to the 2020 US elections

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 19 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Covering the most important election in recent history, Mark Malcolmson (Principal of City Lit) takes us through America's next electoral cycle. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  6. Dickens' London

    Dickens' London

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time. Morning lecture at City Lit followed by a walk in the area of the city connected to his work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  7. Garden history in 10 objects: a hands-on introduction to the history of British gardens and horticulture

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Interested in gardens? Want to know more about their history, who made them and why? Find out more at this fun day with a serious purpose! Hands-on investigation of some garden-related objects & lively illustrated lectures.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Life and times of Charles II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Merry Monarch Charles II survived Civil War, the death of his father and the Republican Experiment. When he was restored he needed all his wit to steer a course through his 25 year reign.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  9. UK election special

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 26 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join City Lit Principal Mark Malcolmson and City Lit's Politics Coordinator Dr Benjamin Chwistek for an in-depth look at the upcoming UK election.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  10. Emperor Maximillian and his world

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will look life and times of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I whose marriage alliances ushered in the golden age of Spain and saw the rise of the Habsburgs dynasty.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. The use and abuse of history in 20th century wars and conflicts

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will investigate the way in which memory and the past is utilised during times of conflict.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  12. The presidency of Macron from his election to the Gilets Jaunes

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One year before 2017, few believed Macron could become president. Since then his reforms have been both welcome and rejected. At the forefront of the opposition is an unforeseen and unprecedented movement: the Gilets Jaunes. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  13. A Dickens of a time: the making of the Victorian Christmas

    Course Date: Tue 10 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Christmas was of limited significance in the 1830s but that changed fundamentally during Queen Victoria’s reign. We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that made/makes for the traditional Christmas season.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  14. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 8 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Discover how London recovered from one of the great disasters and became a centre of commerce and the heart of a great empire. We follow in the steps of some of its best known characters like Doctor Johnson and Samuel Pepys and some lesser known including William Lilley and Thomas Chatterton.

    London guide: Paul Sinclair. The course follows on from the HLW06 The City of London; the square mile, but new students are welcome.

    The first meeting point will be Chancery Lane tube, outside number 150 High Holborn.

    London guide:Paul Sinclair.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  15. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 9 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of

    their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First meeting point (10/1/19) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

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