Politics & Current Affairs

Get to grips with the issues dominating today's headlines, learn about key concepts, and make sense of modern politics on City Lit's range of short courses.
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  1. US election special update 1: It's about to begin!

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 30 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In advance of the first crucial tests of electoral opinion for the Democrats during February in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, we look at: the current nature of the contest; the mechanisms of the first elections; the key candidates; and what to look for. In addition, we will look at where we are in the Impeachment process and the state of the Trump Presidency.
    Full fee: £24.00
    Senior fee: £24.00
    Concession: £11.00

  2. Political myth, propaganda and fake news

    Course Date: Fri 31 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is a political myth? How do we spot propaganda? How can we tell 'real' news from 'fake news'? In this course we will look at a number of conceptual approaches to these subjects, and then pick-apart a number of examples of each.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  3. Is India the next economic powerhouse? Opportunities and challenges ahead

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 19 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Explore and assess India’s potential to be the next global economic powerhouse. This interactive lecture-based course will give you an overview of the current state of India’s economy and its future prospects, critically assessing both opportunities and remaining challenges.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

  4. How to start a revolution: according to Lenin

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'What is to be done?' asked Lenin in 1902, as the Tsarist autocracy crept towards its Tercentenary. Fifteen years later, the Bolsheviks - led by Lenin - took control of Russia's seat of government and proclaimed 'All power to the Soviets!' In this course we will explore Lenin's ideas on Revolution.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  5. US election special update 2: The state of the race

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The first four primaries/caucuses will have taken place and we will explore the results and what can be learned from them. We will preview the coming month of major multi-state elections, including Super Tuesday, and see the challenges the remaining candidates will face. We will look at the fallout from the Impeachment Process and who, if anyone, has benefited or lost out.
    Full fee: £24.00
    Senior fee: £24.00
    Concession: £11.00

  6. US election special update 3: Has the dust cleared?

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following Super Tuesday and the other multi-state elections are we clearer on who will be the Democratic nominee to face Donald Trump? We review the results, who is still in the race and whether or not the competition is over or heading to a showdown at the Democrat convention? We will also look at the nature of the upcoming Trump campaign and what to expect from the Republicans.
    Full fee: £24.00
    Senior fee: £24.00
    Concession: £11.00

  7. History and memory in popular culture

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    We know them well: Downton Abby, Black Adder, Monthy Python, Peaky Blinders and others. Over the three sessions of this course, we will explore how TV shows and movies highlight how we as societies engage with our pasts through popular culture. We will discuss various examples from different ages and places around the world, how they tie in with both national history and memory politics and global geopolitics.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

  8. Political thought reading group

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Through the discussion of selected texts we will explore a number of interesting and important ideas from contemporary and historical political thought.

    First text (please read before first class): 'How Will Capitalism End?' by Wolfgang Streeck (2016) London: Verso

    Note this course runs over four sessions on the following dates: 22/04/20, 20/05/20, 24/06/20, 22/07/20.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  9. More current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Gain information and analyse and debate news items on this follow on course from 'Current affairs'. New students welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  10. Why do we obey? The politics of obedience

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We groan against 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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  11. States, nations and peoples: successes and failures

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The twenty first century has placed a question mark over subjects that we thought were settled: politics, states, nations, and peoples. We read about demands for a new politics, claims for national independence, the failure of some states, and attempts to create others. This course spans history, law, philosophy, and politics to discuss how we got here – and what might happen next.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  12. Fit for purpose? The British Constitution

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    The last few years have raised questions about our political institutions: are they still fit for purpose? To find out, we shall explore the British constitution and uncover the way that it really works, including the impact of Brexit. We shall discuss proposals for reform and ask, as we enter the 2020s, whether the country needs a period of quiet stability or radical change in the way it is governed.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. A compact guide to international migration: history and present

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and understand trends and developments in international migration since the industrial revolution.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  14. A short introduction to populism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is populism and how does it apply to America and Europe? An insightful short introduction to populism.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  15. "We live in a democracy but what is it exactly?": a brief introduction to democracy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 5 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is a short introduction to the idea/concept of democracy. What is it? What does it presume? How and why has it evolved overtime from its earliest references to our contemporary understanding of ‘democracy’ as it is used today?
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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