Modern history

Understand and gain a deeper knowledge and grounding in events and people both past and present that are having a significant influence on our present society. From Margaret Thatcher to the current Israel-Palestine conflict to the economic bumps experienced - immerse yourself in fascinating topics that continue to shape the modern world.

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  1. 1968: year of turbulence across the world

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fifty years ago the world was rocked by clashes between forces trying to bring about change and those that were determined to prevent this. As decolonisation progressed, new countries found it hard to resist the pressure to take one or other side in the Cold War. This course looks at the momentous events of that year around the globe: political, diplomatic, social and cultural.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  2. Why do we obey? The politics of obedience

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We groan against the bosses, berate politicians, demonstrate against most aspects of the social system, and then humbly take our orders from above. Is obedience imprinted in our genes? How submissive must people be for society to function? In this short course we will discuss the politics of obedience, drawing on psychology, anthropology, history and political philosophy.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  3. Communism: Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao

    Course Date: Fri 3 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will provide an introduction to Communism through examination of the ideas of Marx, Lenin, Stalin in Russia, as well as how Communism is viewed and implemented in China with Mao.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  4. EUrope as an idea

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One talks of European cultures, values, civilization, even of a European project. But what is this ‘Europe’ – a chimera, delusion, political-historical trend, idea? Is the EU the basis for some future ‘Europa’?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. History taster

    Course Date: Fri 7 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This taster session will introduce you to history and politics courses here at City Lit. Enjoy learning a bit about history and its relation to current political events.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  6. Latin America today: key issues and challenges

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Embark on a journey across the Atlantic and learn about Latin America. We'll discuss some of the key issues, with specific countries as a case study for each issue, to develop our understanding of this complex continent. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. Current affairs

    Current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Enrol early for lively, informed discussion on current events in Britain and the world. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  8. Emmanuel Macron: from his rise to the face-off with the unions

    Course Date: Thu 25 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One year before the 2017 election, few believed Macron could win and become president. What made his victory possible? Since then his many reforms have been both welcome and rejected by French people. At time of growing tensions, where is France heading? Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

  9. From Indochina to Algeria: the fall of the French colonial empire

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the aftermath of the Second World War, France lost in less than two decades most of its colonies. Some, in Africa, gained independence peacefully but others, Indochina and Algeria, only achieved it after prolonged and bloody wars with dramatic consequences. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  10. The Rise and Fall of the Weimar republic: Germany 1918-1933

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the turmoil at the end of the First World War, various factions in Germany sought to create a republic and this was first proclaimed on November 9, 1918. In many ways the Weimar Republic was a genuine attempt to create a perfect democratic country, but by 1923 it was already looking fragile. This course explores the reasons for the establishment of the republic, its ambitions and achievements, its mishaps and its eventual overthrow by the Nazis. Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. Introduction to global issues

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: security, the environment, energy

    and resources, migration, underdevelopment and the role of the state in handling global issues. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  12. Modern France: politics and society since 1900

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course will cover the historical evolution of French politics and society throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries, with an in-depth analysis of the key moments and issues that affected the country. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Global critical issues: discussion group

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues that impact people globally? Then join this couse for a lively, informed discussion about events that are shaping our world.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  14. More current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your exploration of current affairs through lively, informed discussion. Run as a tutor-moderated discussion group of current news events. This course follows on from 'Current affairs' but new students are welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  15. The Balfour Declaration

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In November 1917, then Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour wrote a letter expressing the British government's

    support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This interactive lecture-based course will examine the context and content of the Declaration and the impact it had on Palestine post-WWI. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

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