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.
  1. What is history?

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores some different ways of looking at, and understanding, history.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  2. The politics of austerity

    Course Date: Fri 1 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Nine years of austerity has changed Britain. We ask questions such as why are 21% of UK citizens living poverty? We will discuss the need for austerity: political choice or economic necessity?
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. Current affairs: global issues, activism and protest

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this course, we will explore and discuss social movements, activist projects and protests engaged in the following global issues: Migration, Modern Slavery, Human Rights violations, Inequalities, and Climate Change.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  4. The politics and society of contemporary India

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The structure of Indian society, its colonial heritage, and the fabric of India's rich cultural history have shaped, and in turn have been shaped by, the politics and economic changes over the centuries - telling the rich story of how contemporary India came to be. We will examine contemporary India through its politics and society in this interactive lecture day-course. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  5. Introduction to global issues

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    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: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. More current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  7. Postcolonial politics of resistance

    New
    Course Date: Fri 24 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Is there a ‘Post’ in postcolonial? What are the links and differences between the postcolonial, anti-colonial and the de-colonial? This course will explore colonial history, current economic global processes, and postcolonial politics within a context of resistance and dissent to Empire.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  8. International development from the West to the rest

    New
    Course Date: Fri 24 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    More details to follow.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  9. 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 begin to pick-apart a number of examples of each.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  10. Politics and trust: what is trust and why is it important?

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 3 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    We seem to be facing a crisis of trust in Britain. Politicians are accused of putting misleading claims on the side of buses – and then failing to deliver what voters asked for in the Brexit referendum. The media also seem complicit and, moreover, quite happy in a post truth world. Even the NHS is accused of failing to deliver, at best, and covering up its failures, at worst. Should we link all of these? Are we facing a new phenomenon? This course explores what we mean by trust, why it matters, and how it’s evolved in Britain and Europe. A key question that every citizen should be asking is: do we need more trust, or better trust?
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. The statistics of electoral predictions

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course presents a history of predicting election results, including successes and failures. The course looks more in depth at modern day election predictions and the statistical methods behind them. We discuss problems that statisticians face while making these predictions, the importance of getting a large representative sample of voting intentions, the statistical methods for accounting for the complex nature of the data and adjusting for the ‘shy’ / ‘silent majority’ voter.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  12. 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

  13. 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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  14. 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

  15. 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

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