British and Irish studies

British and Irish Studies Courses Online

Study the history, culture and politics of the British isles through the centuries and up to the present day.

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. England’s earliest kings 1 : The Sutton Hoo King and the Bretwaldas
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    After the Romans left in the C5th AD Britain was slowly conquered by Germanic tribes dividing the country up into about a dozen small kingdoms. The strongest king was known as the Bretwalda or Britain Ruler. Was the man buried at Sutton Hoo one of them?



    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. History of the Conservative Party
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Love it or loathe it, the Conservative Party is the most successful election winning machine



    the country, if not the world, has ever seen. How can we explain these victories… and the



    rejection that inevitably follows? Do the Conservatives seek office for their own sake or can



    we identify consistent strands of policy or ideology? This course offers a history of the Party



    from its very beginning to the present day.



    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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 17th century England, revolution and restoration: the English Civil Wars
    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
  7. The big fellow: the life of Michael Collins
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    2021 marks the centenary year of the 1921 Anglo Irish-Treaty. On this short course we will evaluate the life, career and legacy of the Irish dissident, politician, finance minister and military leader, Michael Collins, a leading figure in the Irish War of Independence. How can we best evaluate the ‘Big Fellow’s’ political legacy?



    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
  8. England’s earliest kings 2: Offa and the Mercian Supremacy
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In the mid-C7th Mercia rose to challenge Northumbria for supremacy but after a brief set back became the dominant kingdom in England for about a century from the early C8th to the early C9th under three remarkable kings, Ethelbald, Offa and Coenwulf. Offa is still well known today and nearly succeeded in making England a Mercian kingdom.



    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

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