American History Courses Online & in London

From British colonisation to revolution, through expansionism to the Trump administration, learn about US history and politics - its presidents, power shifts and presence in global politics. These history classes and lectures focus on many aspects of America’s rich history and allow you to engage with passionate tutors on a variety of topics prominent in the American story.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. America's Wars: the United States in World War Two

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This one-day online course will provide an overview of the American participation and experience during World War II.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. America's Wars: the Vietnam War

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This one-day course provides an overview of the American war in Vietnam.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. The Odd Couple: Presidents Ford and Carter

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Presidents Ford and Carter, who only served just over six years between them, often feel like relatively insignificant figures compared with other post-War Presidents. However, they served at a tumultuous time in both the United Staes and in the World. We will look at both men as individuals, their lives and reflect back on their presidencies and their legacies.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  4. Slavery and the Civil War: The United States from 1815 to 1865

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will look at American history from 1815 to 1865. Much of the course will focus on how regional divisions developed, how the topic of slavery divided the nation, and how that ultimately culminated in The Civil War. However, we will also look at other political, economic, social, and cultural developments during that half century.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  5. American Liberalism from FDR to Obama

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of liberalism in American politics and how the ideology has evolved over time.

    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

  6. The US Presidents who made the post war world

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 21 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

  7. US controversies: The war on terror

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of the War on Terror, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    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

  8. US Controversies: Poverty

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In this course we’ll examine the historical changes to poverty in the US and begin to unpick the causes and effects of poverty in one of the world’s wealthiest nations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  9. US controversies: The US-Mexican border

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Uncover the vexed history of America’s southern border, from the frontier to the border wall. This one-day course looks at border enforcement, migration and the roots of anti-immigrant sentiment using film, photography, and primary sources.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Making the American world: America, power and politics

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 18 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Follow the ascendancy of American power, from 1945 up to the Trump administration, through a history of wars, foreign interventions and “soft power”. This course is a broad survey of America’s changing place in the world, investigating the relationship between domestic and international politics. Tutor: Jack Gain.

    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: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  12. American conservatism from Hoover to Trump

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of conservatism in American politics and how the ideology has evolved over time.

    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

  13. US controversies: Migration

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    On this brief half-day course, we’ll look at migration as an issue in America. We’ll examine the historical ‘waves’ of migration to the US and within the US. The course will also trace the key government policies from the late 19th century through today, that were enacted to restrict migration flows, particularly into the US from abroad.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  14. US controversies: The Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of the Ku Klux Klan and its role in American history.

    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

  15. Ronald Reagan: the 'happy warrior'

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Reagan reset the American presidency after the traumas of the 60's and 70's. Often dismissed as a triumph of style over substance, Reagan changed the direction of the US and the world. Now, with some critical distance, it is time to review and appraise the man and what he achieved.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

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