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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.

Online and classroom-based classes in London

This term we are running our history, politics and economics courses online to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community. From January 2022 we will offer courses both online and in the classroom (please check specific courses on the website). Whether online or in person, our classes are always welcoming and open to everyone.

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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Stuart London 2: 1660-1714
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore London's history between the restoration of 1660 and the end of the Stuart dynasty in 1714. How did these decades impact on London and its people? Through war, plague and fire, London survived and grew to a new architectural elegance.



    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
  2. Transports of delight: London's railway stations
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite) (other locations are available)

    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.



    The course starts with an initial zoom lecture followed by a series of walking tours. The course starts with an initial zoom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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
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  3. The City of London: the Square Mile
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Explore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts.



    This course will comprise of 10 walks starting with Roman London.



    First meeting place at Monument station on the Monument side. First meeting place at Monument station on the Monument side.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £70.00
  4. City of words: further adventures
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    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
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  5. Makers of the Medieval North
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    lExplore the lives and achievements of some of the most influential men and women of faith and action in northern Europe during the earlier medieval period.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £79.00
  6. Scottish history: Soccer and sectarianism in Scotland 1867-1918
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The development of football in Scotland from 1867 to the end of the Great War occurred against a background of growing and hardening sectarianism. The reasons why these themes were intertwined are studied, analysed, evaluated and explained.



    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
  7. Discover East London walks
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    An exploration of the history of East London via 10 walking tours in the areas of De Beauvoir Town, Bethnal Green , Shoreditch and Hoxton, Poplar, Leyton, Mile End and Stepney Green, Spitalfields, Shadwell, Wapping and Stratford East.



    First meeting: meet next to the Kindertransport Memorial by Macdonalds at the Liverpool Street exit of the main line station. First meeting: meet next to the Kindertransport Memorial by Macdonalds at the Liverpool Street exit of the main line station.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £83.00
  8. Archaeology of London
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £88.00
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  9. Plagues of London: 1348-1665
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the impact of plague on London during the years 1348-1665. By the seventeenth century we can read eye-



    witness accounts but medicine was no nearer to a cure.



    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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  10. London's quartiers
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    Through 1 lecture and 7 guided walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. The first session will be delivered via Zoom and other sessions will be guided walks.



    London guide: Sue Jackson.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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
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  11. Ghetto uprising 1943: Jewish life and death in Warsaw
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    In April 1943, some 40,000 starving people were still incarcerated in terrible conditions within the Warsaw Ghetto. A few hundred among them – predominantly young people – led an armed rebellion against the Nazis. This course conveys the incredible story of their uprising but also reveals the background of Warsaw's vibrant but increasingly endangered Jewish life in the decades before the uprising. It describes the many forms of resistance that took place after the Nazi invasion, highlights key individuals who played a role, and provides an opportunity to reflects on different aspects of this tragic but inspiring episode during the Holocaust.



    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 £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
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  12. Norse code: deciphering the Viking age
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This interdisciplinary course provides a brief overview of the Viking Age (c. 750-1100 CE) by exploring medieval texts, place-names, and artefacts from a variety of perspectives and themes.



    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. London regeneration: history, politics and architecture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the reconstruction of London after WWII, the decline of its infrastructure, population and economy in the 1960s and 1970s and the emergence of a truly global city by the end of the century.



    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 £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  14. Georgian London 1714-1815
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore Georgian London's contradictions: its new and fashionable developments reflect ideas of rationality and order, but everyday life was beset by filth and dangers. How do London’s buildings illustrate these tensions?



    Also as the capital of a global superpower, how were the lives of Londoners affected by political, economic and social revolution, and protracted warfare in a period spanning the American Revolution and the defeat of Napoleon?



    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
  15. Stories of London
    Course start date:  Wed 4 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    Explore London’s rich history in a series of guided walks. Each week we examine a different neighbourhood & era from the capital’s past. We look at its people, both rich and poor, & the events that shaped the city.



    Initial lecture via Zoom followed by 6 guided walks.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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
    Rating:
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