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.

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  1. The future of democracy in a complex world

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Would other forms of democracy better express the consent of the governed? Proportional, direct, by sortition, wiki democracy, data democracy… and would even these changes keep democracy relevant when fundamental changes happen across national borders?

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  2. US election special: update 8

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    With America increasingly in turmoil with the virus, the economy and civil disruption in many forms, the election of 2020 is increasingly looking like the most unpredictable and significant since 1968. We will look at the race for President; its mechanics; what is happening; and what is the historical context. We will also be exploring the upcoming congressional elections and the effect it will have on the Senate and House.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  3. History taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is history? What does history mean to you? Is history important to society? Why or why not? Who gets to decide what and whose history is important? What are the implications of this? There are many reasons and ways to engage with history. With this course, we scratch the surface of the vast universe that is history to give you a taster.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  4. Ways into advanced political studies

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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 deeper discussion and understanding. If you're thinking about studying politics for your Foundation, Bachelors or Masters degree, this course offers you an introduction to studying politics at an advanced level.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £176.00

  5. Current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  6. Ways into advanced historical study

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you have a passion for history, or if you've ever been interested in studying history at a higher level, this course could be right for you. Whether you're an avid hobby historian, or thinking about studying history for your Foundation, Bachelors or Masters degree, this course offers you an introduction to history at an advanced level.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £176.00

  7. US election countdown 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    US elections are always important. With Coronavirus, Civil Unrest, and increasingly divisive politics, the 2020 election is perhaps the most important election in a generation. Join City Lit's Principal, Mark Malcomson, for analysis of the upcoming election.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  8. Rising powers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Rising political powers challenge the status quo and garner attention. This course will examine the political and social factors that shape them, explore the tensions they cause and how they will shape the future.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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?

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Political biography reading group

    Course Date: Tue 29 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton (2017).

    Please note that this is easy to get and cheap as a kindle download. Otherwise the cheapest paper copies are on Ebay or Amazon.

    NOTE: This course consists of four sessions on the following dates: 29 September, 24 November, 12 January and 23 February.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. American political institutions

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This four-week, lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewing its structure and constituent parts. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Nationalism and national identity in a global context

    Course Date: Fri 2 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What does being a citizen of the world mean? Is this possible at all? How do concepts such as citizenship and cosmopolitanism fit into our discourses on nationalism and national identity? This course will explore both theories and practices of nationalism and national identity in a comparative, global perspective.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  13. History and memory in popular culture

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how societies around the world engage with their pasts through popular culture. Exploring shows and films such as Downton Abby, Black Adder, Monthy Python, and Peaky Blinders.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. US election countdown 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 8 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    US elections are always important. With Coronavirus, Civil Unrest, and increasingly divisive politics, the 2020 election is perhaps the most important election in a generation. Join City Lit's Principal, Mark Malcomson, for analysis of the upcoming election.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. US election countdown 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    US elections are always important. With Coronavirus, Civil Unrest, and increasingly divisive politics, the 2020 election is perhaps the most important election in a generation. Join City Lit's Principal, Mark Malcomson, for analysis of the upcoming election.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

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