History, politics & economics

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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. London at war
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. Its 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £66.00
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  2. Ruling by right of conquest: Henry VII in history
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £39.00
  3. The men who built London
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £66.00
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  4. 17th century England, revolution and restoration:  James I and Charles I
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the early Stuart dynasty, from the accession of James I in 1603, until the outbreak of Civil War during the reign of Charles I in 1642.

    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
  5. The Stalin Regime: 1928-1941
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is an introduction to the history of the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union between 1928 and 1941. Students will learn about key events during the Stalin years and how historians approach them.

    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 £129.00 Concession £57.00
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  6. US history for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course offers a brief examination of, and introduction to, the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the United States, 1608 - 2001.

    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 £79.00 Concession £35.00
  7. The Scottish Enlightenment
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The centre of intellectual life in Great Britain was, in the late 18th and early 19th century, not



    Oxford, Cambridge, or London… it was Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Scottish Enlightenment



    made a unique contribution to the development of economics, history, philosophy,



    sociology, and more that is still with us today. This course identifies the main thinkers,



    debates, and contributions and places it within the context of the time.



    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 £159.00 Concession £70.00
  8. Twentieth Century British political history
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If a week is a long time in politics, what on earth happens over a hundred years? This course



    looks at how British politics was transformed during the twentieth century – not once, but



    several times – and shows how we can understand politicians, parties, and government as



    responding to changes in our society and economy. A fascinating blend of continuity and



    change, this course shows how we got to where we are today.



    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 £159.00 Concession £70.00
  9. Stuart London 1 1603-1660
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore London's history between 1603 and 1660. How did the accession of the Stuarts, revolution, the interregnum and restoration impact on London and its people.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
  10. Rising Powers: the countries shaping the global future
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Rising political powers challenge the status quo and garner attention. This course will examine the political and social factors that shape them, explore the tensions they cause and how they will shape the future.



    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 £159.00 Concession £70.00
  11. UK politics for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Brexit and then COVID have dominated the headlines, but this won’t last for ever. This courses offers an introduction to British politics so you are well prepared whether we return to business as usual… or a new normal.

    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 £79.00 Concession £35.00
  12. Ancient and medieval Scandinavia
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the history and culture of ancient and medieval Scandinavia. Further details will be available soon.



    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 £129.00 Concession £57.00
  13. Revolution
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Revolutions change the world. Yet what makes a revolution? Are things different in the twenty first century? This course explores what it is to experience, fight, and resist a revolution.

    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 £159.00 Concession £70.00
  14. Introduction to Charles Booths’ London
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 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 £129.00 Concession £57.00
  15. City of words: London's literary landscape
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £57.00
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