Politics, Economics & Current Affairs

Courses Online & In London

Our politics and current affairs will help you understand the changing world around us: 

- Want to get to grips with the issues dominating today’s headlines or develop your understanding of different political systems?

- Keen to discuss fake news and propaganda or eager to use key concepts to analyse politics?  

- Eager to make sense of politics in the US, the EU, the emerging BRICS powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)? Want to learn more about global issues such as conflict and migration? 

Our politics and current affairs courses, whether short or long, in the classroom or online, offer something for everyone. 

 

If interested in our advanced politics course, please contact politics coordinator Martin Jorgensen at Martin.jorgensen@citylit.ac.uk

 

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  1. Politics taster: Presidents and Prime Ministers - what makes great leaders in times of crisis
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen, Mark Malcomson
    Crises are a fairly common feature of political life. Great leadership is less common. In this short taster session Mark Malcomson, Principal of City Lit, will discuss political leaders from both sides of the Atlantic: what makes a great leader? What doesn't? This session will also give students the opportunity to discuss our programme on Politics and current affairs, Economics, global history, Asian history, African history and the history of the Americas with Martin Jorgensen- coordinator for these areas.
    Full fee £15.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £15.00
  2. Rising Powers: Brazil
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    Brazil's rise has been impressive but seems to have stalled. What are the factors the country’s growing presence and the challenges Latin America's leading power faces in its endeavour to achieve its international ambitions?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £55.00
  3. Rising powers: China
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £130.00
  4. Political communication in the West in the 20th century
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Christian Schnee
    In the 2000s we saw the political communication move online, using social media, AI, network analysis etc. It is almost hard to imagine the times before this paradigm. Join Dr. Christian Schnee to explore political communication in the 20th century.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
  5. Advanced political studies
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    If you have a passion for politics, or have ever been interested in studying politics at a higher level, this course could be right for you. Whatever your political background, interests, or history, this course will give you a space for discussion and understanding at an advanced level.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £115.00
  6. Central Africa: looking beyond the 'failed state' label
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Hilke Gudel
    What is a 'failed state'? Why is Africa seen as the graveyard of 'failed states'?Learn about why nation states fail, what can be done about it and why we should be concerned as an international community.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £55.00
  7. Understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nomaan Hanif
    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.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £55.00
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  8. The role of women in post-conflict societies
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Hilke Gudel
    Women are often missing in accounts of post-conflict situations. Join Hilke Gudel and look at the role women have played during reconstruction after conflict– politically, socially and economically.



    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 £45.00
  9. History reading group: political biographies
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Zoe Quinn
    Through discussion of selected biographies we will explore in depth key individuals in world history , their legacy and the era in which they lived.The first class will discuss The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher and the End of the Cold War by Archie Brown (2022). As the edition is fairly recent, the cheapest version I have found (at the moment of writing this- 20/4/22) is on kindle.



    NOTE: This course consists of four sessions on the following dates:4/10/22, 29/11/22, 17/1/23 & 7/3/23.



    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
  10. Understanding the US mid-terms: the nuts and bolts
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mark Malcomson
    This one-off online talk will be introducing students to the 'nuts and bolts' of American mid-term elections. How does it differ from a Presidential election cycle? What significance do these elections have at the federal and state-levels? Understanding how the system works will aid you in following the mid-term elections taking place on the 6th November across the US. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.



    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
  11. Current British politics
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Christian Schnee
    Want to look beyond the personal politics and Brexit and explore current British politics? Join Dr. Christian Schnee to discuss British politics in our time.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
  12. Current affairs
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Michael Bloomfield
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news in an online setting? Enrol early for lively, informed discussion on current events in Britain and the world. 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
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  13. The Mid-terms countdown
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mark Malcomson
    US elections are always important. Join City Lit's Principal, Mark Malcomson, for analysis of the upcoming election.



    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
  14. Forced displacement: what is it and why does it matter?
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Hilke Gudel
    Did you know that more than 100 million people are current displaced? Learn about contemporary trends and issues in forced migration – what is it, why does it happen and what can we do to manage it better?



    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 £99.00 Concession £50.00
  15. The Mid-terms results
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mark Malcomson
    US elections are always important. Join City Lit's Principal, Mark Malcomson, for analysis of the results.



    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

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