British 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.

  1. Warfare, piracy and slave trading: England, the Caribbean and colonial expansion in the 1600s

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    What was life like in an early Caribbean colonial settlement? Using the Caribbean as our case study, we will evaluate how England consolidated colonial power in this period, and the profound impact of territorial expansion on islands such as Bermuda, Barbados, Montserrat and Jamaica.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. England and Scotland under James I/VI: ‘twins bred in a single belly’

    Course Date: Tue 23 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This taster explores the Union of Crowns in 1603 and asks whether it set the course for a closer, ‘more perfect’ Union in 1707.

    The taster is an introduction to courses starting in April and May (HBH47 & HBH49).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £5.00
    Senior fee: £5.00
    Concession: £5.00

  3. The United Kingdom: a history in 3 acts

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A short prequel to The Dis/United Kingdom (HBH47) which explores how the 3 kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland as well as the principality of Wales became the United Kingdom in 1801.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  4. The British Empire: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    During what is sometimes referred to as Britain's ‘imperial century’ some 400 million people became subjects of the British Empire. What were some of the key events and places in the 1800s when Britain was at the height of its power?

    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

  5. Religion, witchraft and heresy in Early Modern England

    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    On this course we will explore religious belief, heresy, superstition and witchcraft trials in the Early Modern period. How did people in the Early Modern period use religion, witchcraft and witch-hunting to make sense of the world around them, particularly the turbulent events of the Reformation and the Civil Wars?

    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

  6. ‘Goodbye to all that’: politics, culture and society in Britain, 1970-1979

    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This decade shaped late 20th century Britain. The course explores its significant political/economic challenges, major industrial disputes and fierce debates over EEC accession/devolution. Also explored are1970s culture (‘serious’ and ‘popular’) and wider social changes.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. The Dis/united Kingdom: the relationship between the Four Nations, 1801-1998

    Course Date: Tue 11 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    England dominated the United Kingdom from its formation (1801). The course explores how each of the other territories retained/developed a sense of national identity - from culture to terrorism- together with the government’s role and response.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  8. 'Steam under pressure': Britain’s railways in the First World War

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online


    The course explores Britain’s railways’ contribution to the war effort including workforce enlistment, transporting participants/weapons and engaging more women. Also considered are the railways’ response to attack and their role in Remembrance and battlefield pilgrimages.

    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

  9. ‘Full steam ahead’: Britain’s railways in the Second World War

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The course explores Britain’s railways’ national role from Evacuation through to Dunkirk, D-Day and beyond. Other aspects include the railways’ recruitment/deployment of women, response to invasion fears, the passenger experience, the Blackout and the Blitz.

    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

  10. The British in India

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 2 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In the early 1600’s the East India Company set off on its first trading voyages to India with the consent of James I and Mughal rulers; by 1858 300 million Indians were living under crown rule. Why did India become the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the British Empire and how was the continent viewed by the British in the 1800s?

    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

  11. Life and times of George IV

    Life and times of George IV

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    George IV is remembered as the Prince Regent whose extravagance was matched by his good taste. Explore the tumultuous life and times of this fascinating monarch.

    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

  12. The English Civil Wars - an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    On this one day workshop we will explore the Civil Wars of 1642-1651, which drew each of the three kingdoms of England & Wales, Scotland and Ireland into a series of ever-shifting alliances and conflict. How did these Civil Wars impact on England and what is their significance for British history?

    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

  13. The Golden Age of Elizabeth I

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The Virgin Queen, Gloriana and Good Queen Bess are just a few of the names given to Elizabeth I, who remains one of the most widely recognised monarchs in British history. How can we best evaluate Elizabeth’s reign, and in what ways was the era a ‘Golden Age?’.

    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. Life and times of George III

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the life and times of George 111 the first English born monarch for over 70 years whose reign saw both the loss of the American colonies and the birth of a new industrial, agricultural and scientific age.

    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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