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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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

  1. Global issues

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Through the study of some of the key actors and main issues that affect people across continents, you will gain the skills and knowledge to analyse today’s world and the challenges we all face.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  2. Other futures: what ideas exist to replace capitalism, reshape politics, and save the environment?

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is an exporative journey through contemporary alternatives to our current political, economic and social sytems. We won't necessarily find the answers, but we will investigate suggestions on how to change our seemingly catastrophic current direction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  3. More current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. Fit for purpose? The British constitution

    Course Date: Wed 20 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

  5. Gender politics

    Course Date: Wed 20 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Gender is a fact of life, but what does it mean and how does it affect our politics?

    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

  6. Rising powers: China

    Course Date: Thu 21 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The spectacular rise of China is one of the most significant developments of the last decades. What explains it and what does it mean for China itself and the world?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  7. The State of the Union: What to expect from the next four years in the US

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 26 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Every year the President of the United States addresses a joint session of Congress and proposes a legislative agenda and national priorities - the State of the Union. After an unprecedented election year, we are entering a new chapter and we will reflect on what has gone on during the last Presidential term and what we have in store during the next four years.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  8. Cultural History and Politics

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    What is Britishness in relation to race, ethnicity, and nation, how has it been presented in film, image and museums, and why is this important? In this course, we explore these question through several examples in the form of posters, cartoons, photographies, films and museum exhibitions.

    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: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  9. Political thought reading group

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Through the discussion of selected texts we will explore a number of interesting and important ideas from contemporary and historical political thought.

    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: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Trace the historical roots of this conflict and study the peace process of the 1990s: Madrid talks, Oslo agreement, Camp David talks and the recent Middle Eastern road map, as well as the latest developments on this stimulating interactive lecture course. Tutor: Noman Hanif.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore and understand trends and developments in international migration since the industrial revolution.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  12. History and memory as democratic practice

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The course will explore history and memory work in the different spheres of British politics, activism, popular culture, heritage, history education, and historical research and openly address the question of how we can engage to promote history and memory work as democratic practice.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. A taste of politics

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Borders, conflicts, citizenship, elections, activism and global politics. We see these topics on the news every day. Some seem connected, others less so. Join our politics taster to get perspective and an overview of our politics courses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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