History, politics & economics

Explore History, Politics & Economics

Whether you’re fascinated by the past, wishing to keep up to date with current affairs, or to develop a deeper understanding of democracy and capitalism, we have the course for you.

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 oral and family history projects, to the history of empire, the history of London and the study of global powers and international politics.

Gain critical thinking and analytical skills

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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

Learn from expert tutors

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

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  1. More current affairs
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Bloomfield
    Continue your exploration of current affairs through lively, informed discussion. Run as a tutor-moderated discussion group of current news events. This course follows on from 'Current affairs' but new students are welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
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    88% of 100
  2. Understanding Greek politics
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Zannis Kairis
    Greece’s recent political history is filled with significant events: a dictatorship, significant referenda, a default, membership of (and possibility of withdrawal from) institutions such as the EU, the eurozone, and NATO. As such, this course treats it as an exciting political lab from which we can draw conclusions that find application in a plethora of other countries/contexts.



    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 £25.00
  3. Japan after the Second World war
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dale Mineshima-Lowe
    This introductory short course will examine some of the key issues in the building of Japan in the post-World War II period through the turn of the century Examination will be of the political, social and economic spheres of Japan’s post-war reform and reconstruction, recovery and rise, and stagnation.



    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 £169.00 Concession £85.00
  4. A history of London: 1880-1914
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mike Berlin
    London - capital of empire - was a city of contrasts. Great wealth and poverty led to fine buildings and slums while a rising standard of living for many impacted little on those in need.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Ideals, principles and myths: Making sense of political ideology
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Christian Schnee
    Want to make sense of ideology in what is a confusing – or at times even bewildering-- arena of political discourse? If so, this course with Dr Christian Schneeis the right course for you.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
  6. Slavery & the Black Atlantic: Resistance, Rebellions & Revolutions
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    On this six-week course we will explore the ways in which Africans fought the system of chattel slavery, from their enslavement in Africa and on slave ships, to every day acts of resistance, large-scale organized rebellions, and guerrilla-style wars in the Caribbean colonies.



    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 £85.00
  7. The emergence of modern America: the United States from 1865 to 1900
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dafydd Townley
    In this follow-up course to “Slavery and the Civil War” we will discuss the next phase of American history, covering the years from 1865 to 1900.



    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 £169.00 Concession £85.00
  8. Global history for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    What is global history? How is it different from other ways of understanding history? This introductory course will give you a sense of what it means to study global 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 £45.00
  9. The Global Cold War
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Spyridon Tsoutsoumpis
    The course studies the East-West struggle in the Third World and explores how the outcome of the Cold War was affected by wars, conflicts, and crises in the Global South.



    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 £70.00
  10. A taste of politics
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    Borders, conflicts, citizenship, elections, activism and global politics. We see these topics on the news every day. Some seem connected, others less so. Join our politics taster to get perspective and an overview of our politics courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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    100% of 100
  11. Life in Elizabethan England
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    The Elizabethan era is long remembered as a ‘Golden Age’ of literature, theatre, learning and exploration, but what was daily life like for the poor, the artisan classes and the middle-classes during Elizabeth’s reign?
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
  12. The rise and fall of the Mughal Empire
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    On this introductory course we will follow the fortunes of the Mughal Emperors, rulers of Northern India from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. What were their contributions to the religious, political and cultural life of northern India?
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

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