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. Riverside London

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some contrasting riverside districts from East To West. Former docks, industrial archaeology, beautiful 18th century terraces of houses, rowing clubs, breathtaking views, historic pubs and churches, luxury penthouses, parks and gardens all feature. Places visited include Richmond, Putney, Wapping, Limehouse, Barnes, Chiswick, Lambeth, The City and Battersea.

    London guide: Diane Burstein. There will be an initial classroom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.

    London guide: Diane Burstein.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £90.00

  2. American Liberalism from FDR to Obama

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of liberalism in American politics and how the ideology has evolved over time.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Imperial Germany between tradition and modernity (1871-1919)

    Course Date: Fri 24 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course offers a broad survey of the political, social and economic history of Imperial Germany from Unification in 1871 to the Revolution at the end of the First World War in 1918.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. 17th century Europe: religion, politics and war

    Course Date: Fri 24 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A survey of the tumultuous 17 century in Europe- politics, religion, war and society.

    A detailed list of lectures below.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  5. Political myth, propaganda and fake news

    Course Date: Fri 31 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is a political myth? How do we spot propaganda? How can we tell 'real' news from 'fake news'? In this course we will look at a number of conceptual approaches to these subjects, and then pick-apart a number of examples of each.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  6. The Vichy Regime

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Born out of the defeat of 1940, the Vichy regime is one of the darkest periods in French history. Even if Marshal Pétain pretended he was sheltering the country from excessive demands by the Nazis, the government and administration offered themselves to the service of the enemy, often for the worst.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. Anglo-Saxon queens

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Anglo-Saxon Queens before 1066. They have been largely forgotten and yet many of them were powerful women for example Cynethryth, wife of Offa of Mercia (d. 796) was the only queen to appear on coins until the sixteenth century.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Politics and trust: what is trust and why is it important?

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 3 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    We seem to be facing a crisis of trust in Britain. Politicians are accused of putting misleading claims on the side of buses – and then failing to deliver what voters asked for in the Brexit referendum. The media also seem complicit and, moreover, quite happy in a post truth world. Even the NHS is accused of failing to deliver, at best, and covering up its failures, at worst. Should we link all of these? Are we facing a new phenomenon? This course explores what we mean by trust, why it matters, and how it’s evolved in Britain and Europe. A key question that every citizen should be asking is: do we need more trust, or better trust?
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  9. "We live in a democracy but what is it exactly?": a brief introduction to democracy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is a short introduction to the idea/concept of democracy. What is it? What does it presume? How and why has it evolved overtime from its earliest references to our contemporary understanding of ‘democracy’ as it is used today?
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. The changing British voter: Taking back control?

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The outcome of the General Election of 2019 was unimaginable even a few months previously, with the Conservatives taking seats that were solidly Labour since their creation in the early twentieth century. What explains this change? Will it last? What does it mean for the other parties? We shall explore the changing way Britain has voted over the last seventy years and sketch how not just the British voter, but British society, has changed in a few generations.



    We shall explore the changing way Britain has voted over the last seventy years and sketch how not just the British voter, but British society, has changed in a few generations.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Crusade and Reconquest in Medieval Spain

    Course Date: Thu 13 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions Investigate the ideologies, events and motivations as Christian kingdoms conquered the territories of Muslim Al-Andalus, culminating in the fall of Granada in 1492 and the end of Islamic Spain. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  12. Cromwell and Ireland

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a one day workshop focussing on Irish politics during the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell’s controversial military campaigns, and Ireland during the Protectorate.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  13. How America replaced Britain in the Middle East 1945 - 2003

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course charts the post 1945 entrance of the United States into the Middle East and the power struggle which ensued with Britain as a consequence. The course pierces the official discourse on the transatlantic relationship and provides a different perspective on how to understand and explain the volatile politics of the region. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. Life and times of James II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Although his reign was one of the shortest in Britain James had a distinguished career before becoming king and an

    intriguing one in exile. A Catholic convert he was doomed to fail in Protestant Britain. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  15. Balance of power: Asia and the West

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 17 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    For centuries, Asia was the ‘powerhouse’ in world history. After a period dominated by European and American imperial powers (which never managed to colonise Asia in its entirety) global politics is once again pivoting towards Asia. Western media, education and politics, however, often overlooks Asia as a global region, explains it through Western optics, or portray it as if the West holds no responsibility for problems in the region. Understanding the interconnected history of Asia and the West is thus vital to understanding the global changes of today and tomorrow.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

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