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. Data analysis: statistics for understanding human behaviour

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 25 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental aspects of research methods and statistics. From study design, data types, and graphs, through to choice and interpretation of statistical tests. methods and statistics.

    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

  2. The State of the Union: What to expect from the next four years in the US

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 26 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Every year the President of the United States addresses a joint session of Congress and proposes a legislative agenda and national priorities - the State of the Union. After an unprecedented election year, we are entering a new chapter and we will reflect on what has gone on during the last Presidential term and what we have in store during the next four years.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  3. US controversies: The war on terror

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of the War on Terror, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    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: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  4. Eating and drinking in the Middle Ages

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Archaeology, household accounts and recipe books from the 14th century allow us to visualise the medieval diet of men and women from all levels of society. We can read menus used at coronation banquets and view food illustrations in manuscripts. Recipes will be supplied for you to try out at home.

    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

  5. US Controversies: Poverty

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In this course we’ll examine the historical changes to poverty in the US and begin to unpick the causes and effects of poverty in one of the world’s wealthiest nations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  6. France: Empire, slavery, colonisation and decolonisation since 1789

    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will explore how France from 1789 acquired and lost 2 empires, the importance of slavery and its abolition in this empire and France's claims to pursue a 'civilising mission' in its 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: £74.00

  7. City Lit Perspectives: Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economics (General ticket)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Vince Cable will be in discussion with City Lit CEO and Principal Mark Malcomson CBE to discuss the ideas within his new book 'Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economics'. This general ticket option costs £5 and does not include a signed book.

    Other ticket options for this event

    This event is on Zoom. Please make sure you have Zoom installed and up to date.

    This event will be interpreted into British Sign Language. Please note that interpreting is only visible on computers or laptops, not tablets or phones.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £5.00
    Senior fee: £5.00
    Concession: £5.00

  8. City Lit Perspectives: Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economics (Unwaged ticket)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Vince Cable will be in discussion with City Lit CEO and Principal Mark Malcomson CBE to discuss the ideas within his new book 'Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economics'. Unwaged £0 (this option does not include a signed book).

    Other ticket options for this event

    This event is on Zoom. Please make sure you have Zoom installed and up to date.

    This event will be interpreted into British Sign Language. Please note that interpreting is only visible on computers or laptops, not tablets or phones.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. City Lit Perspectives: Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economics (Ticket plus book)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Vince Cable will be in discussion with City Lit CEO and Principal Mark Malcomson CBE to discuss the ideas within his new book 'Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economic'. This ticket option costs £20 and includes a signed book by Sir Vince Cable.

    This ticket needs to be booked by Monday 25 January 2021 and requires a UK postal address. Please do not select this option if you do not have a valid UK postal address as you will not receive the book and may still be charged. The ticket system on our website allows for your billing address, if your postal address is different to your billing address please send your full name and postal address to events@citylit.ac.uk and we will match your postal address with the ticket payment to ensure you receive your book to the correct address. If your billing address and postal address are the same you do not need to use the email. Books will be posted after the event.

    Other ticket options for this event

    This event is on Zoom. Please make sure you have Zoom installed and up to date.

    This event will be interpreted into British Sign Language. Please note that interpreting is only visible on computers or laptops, not tablets or phones.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £20.00
    Senior fee: £20.00
    Concession: £20.00

  10. Politics and Trust: what is trust and do politicians need it?

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 3 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Trust is regarded as a good thing – but, at the same time, seems to be in short supply. What is the true situation in Britain in the light of George Floyd, Covid, and Brexit?

    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: £22.00

  11. East End in fact and fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Covering the early 19th century to the early 20th century, we will examine the history of the East End, and we will analyse how it was portrayed in works of fiction.

    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

  12. US controversies: The US-Mexican border

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Uncover the vexed history of America’s southern border, from the frontier to the border wall. This one-day course looks at border enforcement, migration and the roots of anti-immigrant sentiment using film, photography, and primary sources.

    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

  13. Ambassador Lecture Series - Ms Melinda Simmons

    Course Date: Thu 11 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Join us for the next in our 'Ambassadors Lecture Series' with an online lunchtime talk from Ms Melinda Simmons, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine.

    Ms Melinda Simmons was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine in September 2019 and is the latest speaker in the City Lit Ambassador Lecture Series. This is Ms Simmons first ambassadorship since joining the Foreign & Commonwealth Office* in 2013 as Deputy Director of the Conflict Department. Her extensive career has included stops in the business and non-governmental sectors as well as within government. Ms Simmons was heavily engaged in conflict resolution within the UK’s Department for International Development, responsible for overseas assistance, with special oversight of projects across Africa, the Middle East and Europe during her tenure.

    In 2018, Ms Simmons underwent full-time Ukrainian language training; preparing her for this ambassadorship in the fascinating country of Ukraine. Ms Simmons has commented that her diverse background, which also includes a BA in Modern Languages and an MA in European Politics, “makes it pretty easy to talk to anyone,”.

    City Lit is delighted to welcome Ms Melinda Simmons for the latest City Lit Ambassador Lecture Series on Thursday 11 February, 13:00 – 14:00 (UK time). The Ambassador will speak for 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes Q&A.

    *the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) became the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) following the merger with the Department for International Development (DFID) in September 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  14. Oliver Cromwell: an introduction to the Protectorate era

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    What is the significance of Oliver Cromwell for British history? On this one-day workshop we will explore Cromwell’s brief rule as the ‘Good Constable’ of the Commonwealth during the 1653-1658 Protectorate era.

    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

  15. How America replaced Britain in the Middle East 1945-2003

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course charts the post 1945 entrance of the United States into the Middle East and the power struggle which ensued with Britain as a consequence. The course pierces the official discourse on the transatlantic relationship and provides a different perspective on how to understand and explain the volatile politics of the region. Tutor: Noman Hanif.

    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

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