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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. US Vice Presidents
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course will give the student an understanding of the evolution of the role of Vice President in the US political landscape. We will also look at Vice Presidents over the last two centuries - successful and otherwise.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £17.00
  2. Money: myths, magic, morals and markets
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Money is the most powerful energy in the world. Without understanding its nature, its function, where it comes from, and how to control it, it will badly burn us.



    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
  3. Transports of delight: London's railway stations
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (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.



    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
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  4. Bloody Mary: the life and times of Mary Tudor
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    How did Mary I of England negotiate her position as an English Catholic monarch in the Reformation era, and what is her social and political significance for English 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 £39.00
  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. Europe between democracy and dictatorship: the 1930s, growing shadows
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    These were Europe’s dark years, as democracy gave way to dictatorship in many countries, tensions rose, the post-First World War order disintegrated, and the continent, subjected to Hitler’s policies and ambitions, drifted towards war.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £101.00
  7. 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
  8. Post war German history 1945-1961
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course offers a broad survey of German history from the end of the Second World War to the construction of the Berlin Wall at the height of the Cold war.



    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. Communism in the USSR: 1945-1991
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is an introduction to the history of the Soviet regime from the moment of its victory in the Second World



    War to its collapse in 1991.



    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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  10. From Isolationism to Global Superpower: the US from 1900 to 1945.
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This interactive lecture outline course explores the political, social, and cultural development of the United States and considers how it has contributed to modern American society.



    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. Ways into advanced historical study
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    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 £419.00 Senior fee £419.00 Concession £184.00
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  12. The political economy of China’s aid policy: Mutually beneficial or Machiavellian?
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    China has risen to become the world’s largest development aid provider. This has been variously described as a form of neocolonialism, an expression of economic expediency, and a generous aid project. This course will critically review these arguments and help learners make their own judgements.



    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
  13. Slavery and the Civil War: The United States from 1815 to 1865
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will look at American history from 1815 to 1865. Much of the course will focus on how regional divisions developed, how the topic of slavery divided the nation, and how that ultimately culminated in The Civil War. However, we will also look at other political, economic, social, and cultural developments during that half century.



    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
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  14. Making the American World: US foreign policy from the Cold War to Biden
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Follow the ascendancy of American power, from 1945 up to the Biden administration, through a history of wars, foreign interventions and “soft power”. Tutor: Jack Gain.



    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. 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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