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 Politics of Archaeology: The Age of Empires (1840 - 1914)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will provide students with an introduction to British archaeology in the Middle East during the long 19th century. Starting with British and French exploration of the Assyrian cities of Nineveh and Nimrud we will study the interconnection between archaeology, exploration, and international politics in the Age of Empire. We will look at the role of museums in fuelling the competitive interest of the British, French, German and Ottoman Empires in acquiring the material remains of the past.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  2. The Algerian War and its legacy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Between 1954 and 1962 France fought a desperate war to try to maintain its grip on Algeria, with dramatic human and political consequences, which are felt to this day in both countries. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. German chancellors from Bismarck to Merkel

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on the personalities and policies of a number of important chancellors, this course introduces students to key aspects and agents of the governance of Germany over the past century and a half.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. The end of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Arab nationalism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive-lecture day course will trace the growth of Arab nationalism in the decaying Ottoman Empire and the formation of new Arab states in the aftermath of World War I: fascinating background to understanding contemporary events in the Middle East. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Pre-Colonial India: Trade Networks and Spices

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive introductory course focuses on India’s central place in the pre-colonial trade network. Through the history of the spice trade the course will explore the important position of India in global trade.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  6. The legacy of Muslim Spain

    Course Date: Thu 12 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the key phases of Muslim Al-Andalus, covering its rise and fall. We will also examine the lasting impact of Muslim people and culture on Spain in its art, architecture, ideas and language as well as Christian and Jewish responses to the Muslim influence.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  7. Life and times of William and Mary

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following the attempt by James II to re-establish Catholicism in Britain his daughter and son-in-law were invited to oust him to protect the Protestant church. To do so they had to grant more power to Parliament. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. US election special update 3: Has the dust cleared?

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following Super Tuesday and the other multi-state elections are we clearer on who will be the Democratic nominee to face Donald Trump? We review the results, who is still in the race and whether or not the competition is over or heading to a showdown at the Democrat convention? We will also look at the nature of the upcoming Trump campaign and what to expect from the Republicans.
    Full fee: £24.00
    Senior fee: £24.00
    Concession: £11.00

  9. London regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    London regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the reconstruction of London after WWII, the decline of its infrastructure, population and economy in the 1960s and 1970s and the emergence of a truly global city by the end of the century.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Native American women in history and culture

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The role of Native North American women in history and culture. Largely dismissed as secondary figures in North

    American history, the course will reveal the significant place that women had in historical and political affairs both

    internally and in diplomacy.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. A history of the US-Mexican border

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Uncover the dark history of America’s southern border, from the frontier to Trump’s wall. This one-day course will look at border enforcement, migration and the roots of anti-immigrant sentiment using film, photography, and primary sources. Tutor: Jack Gain.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Rescue Revealed Restored: the blitz and preserving History (city tour)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This walks covers an area devastated in the Blitz explaining what happened in 1940/41, the efforts to rescue St Paul's, the Roman remains that were revealed as well as post war restoration and rebuilding of historic buildings. Meeting place Moorgate tube station outside Café Nero. Will finish at the Guildhall.

    London guide: Marilyn Greene. Meeting place Moorgate tube station outside Café Nero. Will finish at the Guildhall.

    London guide: Marilyn Greene.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  13. 'The setting of the sun': Britain and de-colonisation, 1945-1970

    Course Date: Tue 7 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course explores how and why during these years Britain ceased to have an empire on which the sun never set. It considers international and domestic pressures/events alongside the territories’ independence movements and British responses.
    Full fee: £35.00
    Senior fee: £28.00
    Concession: £18.00

  14. Alleys and lanes of Hampstead

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Experience the intricate network of alleys and lanes in the heart of old Hampstead and see how Hampstead developed from a fashionable spa in the 18th century to a thriving village with social amenities. Starts and finishes outside Hampstead tube Station (High Street entrance). Starts and finishes outside Hampstead tube Station (High Street entrance).
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. Modern France: from the Paris Commune to the Vichy Regime

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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. Course tutor: Sebastien Ardouin. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

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