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 City of London: the Square Mile
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Explore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts.



    This course will comprise of 10 walks starting with Roman London.



    First meeting place at Monument station on the Monument side. First meeting place at Monument station on the Monument side.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
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  2. European politics for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn about the history, institutions and issues that are essential for understanding recent political developments within Europe.



    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
  3. Lampooning London: Satire in the City
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Londoners have never taken themselves too seriously & delight in making fun of themselves. This course examines the cultural history of satire in the city from the 18thC to today, from Dr Johnson to Steve Bell & beyond.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £30.00
  4. American political institutions
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 21 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This four-week interactive lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewing its structure and constituent parts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £30.00
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  5. Archaeology of Southwark
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    On this course we will explore some of the exciting archaeological discoveries in the London Borough of Southwark: a borough full of great history and of strategic importance.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £20.00
  6. The Soviet Union and the Second World War
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course focuses on the Soviet experience of the Second World War, dating from the diplomacy of the late 1930s to the defeat of Germany and Japan in 1945.



    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 £129.00 Concession £57.00
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  7. The Reformation: reassessing the reign of Henry VIII
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 3 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Portrayed as both an icon and a tyrant in portraits, cartoons, novels films and on television, Henry VIII is one of



    England’s most instantly recognisable kings. However, fictitious portraits have in many ways obscured the more



    serious side of Henry, particularly his own religious beliefs and his Reformation legacies.



    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
  8. The importance of being Winston: the political life of Churchilll, 1900-1955
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 3 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tonypandy. Dardanelles. Edward VIII. India. Churchill was and remains a controversial politician. Placing them in their wider context, the course considers his attitudes and policies pursued alongside controversies provoked and achievements both remembered and forgotten.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £44.00
  9. History of Scandinavia: modern and contemporary
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 3 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is the second in a two-part programme on the history and culture of Scandinavia and its diaspora from time immemorial to the present. This second course builds on the foundations laid in the first course to show how deep foundations laid before (and unexpected events during) modernity led to the Scandinavia we know today.



    Please note there will be no class on 17/11/21. This missed session will be made up on 15/12/21.



    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 £129.00 Concession £57.00
  10. American politics for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this introductory course, you will explore the historical roots and evolution of American democracy, as well as current trends in the country’s national politics.



    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
  11. Saints, scholars, sportsmen and soldiers: How religion, politics, education, sports and war shaped Irish identity: 1884-1922
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ireland has always been a divided nation and a part from religion, other issues that divided the country were politics, education, sport and wars. This course explores Irish history from 1884 until War of Independence and the creation of Northern Ireland in 1922.



    This course forms the second part of an accessible ‘beginners guide’ to Irish history and will help participants gain a general overview of the development of mid-Victorian Ireland from an island ruled by England to the creation of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free state in 1922.



    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 £129.00 Concession £57.00
  12. Economics: what is capitalism?
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Understand capitalism in the context of a changing world. From its history, to challenges faced by COVID and climate change, this course explores the nature of the capitalist system.



    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
  13. 17th century England, revolution and restoration: the English Civil Wars
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course constitutes a general introduction to the 1642 – 1651 English Civil Wars, with reference to the social,



    political and religious factors that influenced it.



    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
  14. Cryptocurrencies: fad or revolution?
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Cryptocurrencies moved from the fringes to the financial mainstream. Yet, questions about their utility and long-term viability are far from settled. This course equips participants with tools to forge their own informed opinions.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  15. African history for beginners
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course provides an introduction to modern African history with a look at the major themes from 1850 onwards. It offers a way to contextualise many of the trends and challenges in the continent today and invites students to see Africa in a new light.



    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 £40.00

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