History, Politics & Economics Courses in London

City Lit offers a wide range of history, politics and economics courses on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Our courses vary from skills-based courses on quantitative analysis to the history of empire, and from the history of London to the study of global powers and international politics. Whether fascinated by the past, wishing to keep up to date with current affairs, or develop a deeper understanding of democracy and capitalism, we have the course for you.

Courses in the Humanities help you understand our world today, and the history that has informed the political, social and economic dynamics of modern times. Our courses, including short day courses, lectures and longer-term study over several weeks or whole terms, aim to inform you of the issues that interest and matter to you. Our courses also encourage the development of wider skills such as critical thinking and analysis, listening and discussion skills, and evidence-based interpretation.

Currently we are running our history, politics and ecomomics courses online to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community. Whether online or in person, the classroom is always welcoming and open to everyone.

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.

For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Browse our range of courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome.

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  1. 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  2. 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £176.00

  4. A taste of quantitative statistics

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course offers a taste of the fundamental aspects of research methods and statistics.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  5. Lesser known North London walks - a virtual exploration

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Via Zoom and PowerPoint illustrated talks discover the history of a variety of North London’s lesser known neighbourhoods including Highgate, Belsize Park, West Hampstead, Barnet, Stoke Newington, Highbury, Somers Town, Wood Green, Muswell Hill and Finchley.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  6. In the footsteps of London's rebels

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore London's places of protest and discover the stories of radicals, agitators and campaigners who fought for social justice, equal rights and better lives for all from the 1790s to the 1930s.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  7. London at war

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. It's buildings, monuments and even street names reflect our

    embattled past. These illustrated lectures examine London's wartime legacy from mediaeval fortifications to the War on Terror.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  8. 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  9. 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £176.00

  10. Introduction to Scandinavian history

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the history of Scandinavia from the early state formations to the challenges the region faces today.

    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: £35.00

  11. 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  12. City of words: London's literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens'

    dramas and Wilde's witticisms. Each week we will explore, virtually, a different London neighbourhood &

    investigate its literary connections.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  13. The men who built London

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London was shaped by its architects, engineers, bricklayers, navies etc. These lectures will examine London’s

    buildings and the men (and women) who worked throughout history to create this eclectic and wonderful city.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  14. Ruling by right of conquest: Henry VII in history

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Henry VII ruled England from the moment he seized the crown following the Battle of Bosworth until his death in 1509, yet there is nothing inevitable about the foundation of the Tutor dynasty. Just how strong was the Tudor claim to the throne and what is Henry VII’s legacy.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  15. Ireland under the Union: 1798-1914

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the background to and experience of Ireland under the Union, including Catholic Emancipation, the Great Famine and Ulster Unionism together with cultural, revolutionary and reformist movements culminating in the demand for Home Rule.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

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