British Studies Courses in London

Study the history, culture and politics of the British isles through the centuries and up to the present day.
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  1. 'Against the grain': political, social and cultural radicalism in Britain, 1815-1914

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course examines radical ideas and action notably the right to vote, the governing/composition of the UK, gender relations, animal welfare, (non-) religious belief, socialism, anarchism, terrorism and the Arts from the later 19th century.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  2. Religion and popular culture in early modern Britain

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores religious and cultural change from the Reformation to the eighteenth century. It takes a comparative look at England and Scotland, asking how religion impacted popular beliefs and the observance of holidays and festivals.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  3. British politics, culture and society, 1945-97

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture outline course considers Britain’s political history and such issues as the vicissitudes of the

    economy, decolonisation and ‘Europe’. Changes in social attitudes and leisure, together with the position of women and youth also feature.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  4. England and the Continent in the age of Bede

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture-based course examines the changes and achievements across England and Europe during the earlier medieval period. We consider the cultural, political, and religious environment in which was changing during the time of Bede. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  5. The changing British voter: Taking back control?

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Last year’s European Elections saw the ‘major parties’, Labour and Conservative, win only 25 per cent of the vote; by contrast, the ‘minor parties’ won 75 per cent – with the upstart Brexit Party topping the poll with a third of the vote. Will a populist wave bring the Brexit Party to power? Are we seeing the end of the Conservatives? Where should Labour go from here? 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 17th century England, revolution and restoration: the Stuart Restoration

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore society, religion and culture during the Stuart Restoration, with reference to the reigns of the ‘Merry Monarch’ Charles II (1660 – 1685) and James II (1685 – 1688).
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. 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

  11. '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

  12. Britain, the empire and slavery in the Caribbean: 1605-1807

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Approximately 11 million Africans were taken as slaves by European traders to the Americas. In this course we will focus on British plantation cultures and societies in the Caribbean between 1605 and 1807.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. 20th century Britain: from empire to commonwealth

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The British empire reached both its zenith and its end in the 20th century. We will study debates about the new imperialism, the effect of war on empire and the timing and nature of decolonisation.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £101.00

  14. 'Seeing it through': the Home Front in Britain during the First and Second World Wars

    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course explores the domestic impact of world war. Aspects covered include shortages, labour mobilisation (including that of women), aliens and conscious objectors. Also considered are air attacks, daily life (including leisure), aftermath and Remembrance.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  15. 1520: A year of bling, heresy and conquest

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    1520 was a remarkable year that saw the meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I on the Field of the Cloth of Gold; the rise of Martin Luther as well as beginning of the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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