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. Ways into advanced historical study

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    From understanding what history is, to detailed studies of modern Europe, Global History and others. The course will provide an in-depth understanding of the modern discipline of history and develop students’ historical skills and rigour.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £145.00

  2. Refugee politics

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Forced migration comprises one of the most contentious issues in UK politics today. As contemporary political discourse continues to centre around migration, this module provides an opportunity to unpack the politics of refugee crises and resettlement.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  3. Nationalism and national identity in a global perspective

    Course Date: Fri 4 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. British political institutions

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Taught by Lord Malcolm Bruce, who served for 32 years as an MP and has been a member of the House of Lords since 2015, this course is an introduction to the British political system. We will cover the Parliament and Executive, the role and operation of Committees, and devolved political power.

    n.b. please see outline for info on break week.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. Making sense of politics: lies, damn lies, and statistics

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course teaches the principles of good political research and the skills required for critical appraisal of such research from a statistician’s point of view.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. More current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Gain information and analyse and debate news items on this follow on course from 'Current affairs'. New students welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  13. 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

  14. Current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

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