History, politics & economics

Explore History, Politics & Economics

City Lit offers a wide range of history, politics and economics courses on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Our courses vary from skills-based courses on quantitative analysis to the history of empire, and from the history of London to the study of global powers and international politics. Whether fascinated by the past, wishing to keep up to date with current affairs, or develop a deeper understanding of democracy and capitalism, we have the course for you.

Courses in the Humanities help you understand our world today, and the history that has informed the political, social and economic dynamics of modern times. Our courses, including short day courses, lectures and longer-term study over several weeks or whole terms, aim to inform you of the issues that interest and matter to you. Our courses also encourage the development of wider skills such as critical thinking and analysis, listening and discussion skills, and evidence-based interpretation.

Currently we are running our history, politics and ecomomics courses online to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community. Whether online or in person, the classroom is always welcoming and open to everyone.

Our courses are taught by experts in their fields. Our tutors come from a range of backgrounds, and include academic experts, experienced educators, serving politicians, acclaimed authors and renowned guides. Whoever your class is taught by, all our courses are intellectually rigorous and stimulating.

For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Browse our range of courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome.

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  1. The American Civil War
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    It was America’s bloodiest clash – pitting friend and family against one another, and resulted in the death of more than 620,000, with millions more injured over the four years (1861 – 1865).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00
  2. Living and dying in 14th Century England
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Was it a poker or prayer that killed Edward II? His great-grandson, Richard II, produced the first English cookery book and yet he was also deposed and murdered. Were his recipes that bad?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £70.00
  3. Rising Powers: Brazil
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Brazil's rise has been impressive but seems to have stalled. What are the factors the country’s growing presence and the challenges Latin America's leading power faces in its endeavour to achieve its international ambitions?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £35.00
  4. Unreal city: the history of London through literature from 1800 to today
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Fiction writers are often the first to identify and analyse a social phenomenon. We will examine two centuries of London history through the eyes of novelists and poets, from William Blake to Zadie Smith.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £39.00
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  5. More current affairs
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Continue your exploration of current affairs through lively, informed discussion. Run as a tutor-moderated discussion group of current news events. This course follows on from 'Current affairs' but new students are welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £74.00
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  6. Modern France: from the Paris Commune to the Vichy Regime
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    After uncertain beginnings, the Third republic managed to survive numerous crises until the defeat of 1940 sealed its fate. (Re)discover this exciting period, its actors and how their policies shaped modern France.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £70.00
  7. US history for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course offers a brief examination of, and introduction to, the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the United States, 1608 - 2001.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £35.00
  8. Mystics and reformers from Antiquity to the Middle ages
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This innovative, fully illustrated course introduces and examines the influence of holy men and women in European society.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
  9. City of words - the 'trequel'
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    London luxuriates in literary references. This course explores a new neighbourhood each week, looking at some of those authors, poets & playwrights, & their creations, who have celebrated & immortalised our city.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £52.00
  10. History of the European Union: from World War II to the 2004 expansion
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the fascinating evolution of the European Union throughout its history.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £57.00
  11. Europe, nations and empires 1848-1914
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course examines how Europe was reshaped between the revolutions of 1848 and the outbreak of the First World War. Nationalism became a powerful force, transforming the continent, alongside movements towards liberal democracy and socialism . Please note there is no class on June 3rd.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
  12. The Soviet Union: a history in film, 1922-1991
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This is an advanced course intended to use film as a primary source in exploring the history and culture of the Soviet Union in greater detail.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
  13. Everyday life in London 1350-1500
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Where and how did Londoners live? What did they eat and drink? What illnesses did they suffer from, how were they treated and how did they deal with sanitation? These and other questions will be addressed on this course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
  14. Plague, famine and war: Fourteenth century Europe
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    No sooner had the Great Famine of 1315-22 taken its toll then along came the Black Death to wipe out half the remaining population but there was also a flourishing of art and literature.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
  15. Sanctuary in the City: Public Art by refugees and immigrants
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    On this virtual walk we walk right across the City from Aldgate to Moorgate we discover famous and not so famous public art: sculptural, reliefs and mosaics made by immigrants from 17th to 20th century including several works by refugees from Nazi Europe.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £9.00 Senior fee £9.00 Concession £9.00

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