History, Politics & Economics Courses in London

Check out our diverse collection of history, politics and economics courses, ranging from the history of art, music & fashion to power politics, globalisation & empires, and our popular London history and walks. Discover events that shaped today’s world, through courses in European, Asian, African and American history.

No prior knowledge is required, courses are open to everyone and tutors will spark and indulge interests in classes covering a broad range of topics.

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  1. The American Civil War: 1861 - 1865

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The War that changed the landscape of America – politically, economically and socially. This course will be examining the reasons behind the War; a few of the deadliest battles and personalities; the role of African slaves and freedmen & women; and the economics of paying for the war. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Imperial Germany between tradition and modernity (1871-1919)

    Course Date: Fri 24 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course offers a broad survey of the political, social and economic history of Imperial Germany from Unification in 1871 to the Revolution at the end of the First World War in 1918.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. 17th century Europe: religion, politics and war

    Course Date: Fri 24 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A survey of the tumultuous 17 century in Europe- politics, religion, war and society.

    A detailed list of lectures below.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. US election special update 1: It's about to begin!

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 30 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In advance of the first crucial tests of electoral opinion for the Democrats during February in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, we look at: the current nature of the contest; the mechanisms of the first elections; the key candidates; and what to look for. In addition, we will look at where we are in the Impeachment process and the state of the Trump Presidency.
    Full fee: £24.00
    Senior fee: £24.00
    Concession: £11.00

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

  6. The Vichy Regime

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Born out of the defeat of 1940, the Vichy regime is one of the darkest periods in French history. Even if Marshal Pétain pretended he was sheltering the country from excessive demands by the Nazis, the government and administration offered themselves to the service of the enemy, often for the worst.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. Anglo-Saxon queens

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Anglo-Saxon Queens before 1066. They have been largely forgotten and yet many of them were powerful women for example Cynethryth, wife of Offa of Mercia (d. 796) was the only queen to appear on coins until the sixteenth century.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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?
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  9. The changing British voter: Taking back control?

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The outcome of the General Election of 2019 was unimaginable even a few months previously, with the Conservatives taking seats that were solidly Labour since their creation in the early twentieth century. What explains this change? Will it last? What does it mean for the other parties? We shall explore the changing way Britain has voted over the last seventy years and sketch how not just the British voter, but British society, has changed in a few generations.



    We shall explore the changing way Britain has voted over the last seventy years and sketch how not just the British voter, but British society, has changed in a few generations.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Crusade and Reconquest in Medieval Spain

    Course Date: Thu 13 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions Investigate the ideologies, events and motivations as Christian kingdoms conquered the territories of Muslim Al-Andalus, culminating in the fall of Granada in 1492 and the end of Islamic Spain. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. Cromwell and Ireland

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a one day workshop focussing on Irish politics during the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell’s controversial military campaigns, and Ireland during the Protectorate.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  12. How America replaced Britain in the Middle East 1945 - 2003

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course charts the post 1945 entrance of the United States into the Middle East and the power struggle which ensued with Britain as a consequence. The course pierces the official discourse on the transatlantic relationship and provides a different perspective on how to understand and explain the volatile politics of the region. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. Life and times of James II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Although his reign was one of the shortest in Britain James had a distinguished career before becoming king and an

    intriguing one in exile. A Catholic convert he was doomed to fail in Protestant Britain. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. Balance of power: Asia and the West

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 17 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    For centuries, Asia was the ‘powerhouse’ in world history. After a period dominated by European and American imperial powers (which never managed to colonise Asia in its entirety) global politics is once again pivoting towards Asia. Western media, education and politics, however, often overlooks Asia as a global region, explains it through Western optics, or portray it as if the West holds no responsibility for problems in the region. Understanding the interconnected history of Asia and the West is thus vital to understanding the global changes of today and tomorrow.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  15. 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

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