History, Politics & Economics Courses Online & 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. The use and abuse of history in 20th century wars and conflicts

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Following an introduction to 20th century memory politics around the world, the session explores memory politics before and during war and conflict on the one hand, and memory politics, reconciliation and trauma after war and conflict on the other.

    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: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. America's Wars: the United States in World War Two

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This one-day online course will provide an overview of the American participation and experience during World War II.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. America's Wars: the Vietnam War

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This one-day course provides an overview of the American war in Vietnam.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. Transports of delight: London's railway stations

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 6 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    London's stations see over 1 billion journeys annually, but the buildings themselves are often ignored. Explore a

    different station and environs each week, discovering the architecture, history, stories and future of these lifelines of London.

    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: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  5. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 7 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections.

    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  6. London's quartiers

    London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 8 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Through 8 online sessions with London guide Sue Jackson, explore some of the areas which form Central London – from Spitalfields to Soho, and Clerkenwell to Covent Garden, amongst others.

    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: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. Archaeology of London

    Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.

    Tutor: Jill Hummerstone. Tutor :Jill Hummerstone.

    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

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  9. Divided loyalties, divided island: Ireland 1914-1998

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The course considers why the Great War and its aftermath created a divided Ireland together with each territory’s subsequent history including the Depression, Second World War, role of religion, Civil Rights Movement and ‘The Troubles’.

    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

  10. 'A plague on both thy houses': the wars of the roses

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    After Larry Olivier’s / Kenneth Branagh’s victory at Agincourt, it was downhill for England until the advent of the Tudors! We explode that Shakespearian myth.

    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

  11. Lesser known West London walks

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Through a series of virtual tours explore some areas of West London that are rarely explored but with interesting history. Riverside walks, musical connections , places of worship, Arts and Crafts style, former industrial buildings, television history, social history, elegant homes and famous personalities all feature.

    London guide: Diane Burstein.

    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

  12. Tudor London

    Tudor London

    New
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will explore the dynamic development of London during the Tudor century, an era shaped by the twin influences of the Renaissance and the Reformation, and marked by the growth of London both as a capital city, the royal chamber or Camera Regis, but also as a growing port and centre of trade and craft based industry.

    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

  13. Introduction to Charles Booths’ London

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    During this six-week course, we will explore aspects of Charles Booth’s landmark survey ‘Life & Labour of the People in London’, published in 17 volumes between 1889 and 1903.

    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

  14. Other futures: what ideas exist to replace capitalism, reshape politics, and save the environment?

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is an exporative journey through contemporary alternatives to our current political, economic and social sytems. We won't necessarily find the answers, but we will investigate suggestions on how to change our seemingly catastrophic current direction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  15. Global issues

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Through the study of some of the key actors and main issues that affect people across continents, you will gain the skills and knowledge to analyse today’s world and the challenges we all face.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

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