Politics, Economics & Current Affairs

Courses Online & In London

Get to grips with the issues dominating today's headlines, learn about key concepts, and make sense of modern politics whether in relation to the EU or changes in global politics on City Lit's range of short courses.

Online and classroom-based courses

This term our courses are delivered online. From January 2022 we will offer courses both online and in the classroom (please check specific courses on the website). For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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Our courses are taught by experts in their fields. Our tutors come from a range of backgrounds, and include academic experts, experienced educators, serving politicians, acclaimed authors and renowned guides. Whoever your class is taught by, all our courses are intellectually rigorous and stimulating.

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  1. Understanding economics: from stock markets to game theory
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Economics is about what drives human behaviour in making decisions faced with limited resources. You will learn how economics is applied to financial markets in making investment decisions.



    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 £159.00 Concession £70.00
  2. US foreign policy: continuities and changes
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This this online module will introduce you to key ideas, actors, themes, and trends in US foreign policy. Join us to focus on the bigger picture and to bring past and present together.



    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 £39.00
  3. History of the European Union: from World War II to the 2004 expansion
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the fascinating evolution of the European Union throughout its history.



    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 £39.00
  4. History of economic thought: from Adam Smith to neoliberalism
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 4 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to learn about the the development of economic ideas and their inter-relationships with political ideas? Join this course to strengthen your understanding.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £66.00
  5. Advanced political studies
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    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 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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £79.00
  6. Recent challenges to the European Union
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn about the recent challenges the European Union has faced and what it has done to mitigate these.



    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 £39.00
  7. Global issues: conflict
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 17 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Many arguments have been put forward concerning the changing nature of conflict over the last century. Do states still matter in conflict or are we in a post-state age with new forms of war and types of conflict?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £22.00
  8. American politics for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this introductory course, you will explore the historical roots and evolution of American democracy, as well as current trends in the country’s national politics.



    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 £63.00 Concession £40.00
  9. Global issues: migration
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore and understand current trends and developments in international migration.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £22.00
  10. Global issues: human rights
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course explores what human rights are and the ways in which they can be used to face various challenges being faced across the globe today, such as poverty, inequality, political repression, and climate change.



    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
  11. Why do we obey? The politics of obedience
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.



    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
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