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. The Odd Couple: Presidents Ford and Carter

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    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Presidents Ford and Carter, who only served just over six years between them, often feel like relatively insignificant figures compared with other post-War Presidents. However, they served at a tumultuous time in both the United Staes and in the World. We will look at both men as individuals, their lives and reflect back on their presidencies and their legacies.

    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

  2. Tudor London

    Tudor London

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    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will explore the dynamic development of London during the Tudor century, an era shaped by the twin influences of the Renaissance and the Reformation, and marked by the growth of London both as a capital city, the royal chamber or Camera Regis, but also as a growing port and centre of trade and craft based industry.

    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

  3. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Discover how London recovered from one of the great disasters and became a centre of commerce and the heart of a great empire. We follow in the steps of some of its best known characters like Doctor Johnson and Samuel Pepys and some lesser known including William Lilley and Thomas Chatterton.

    London guide: Paul Sinclair. The course follows on from the HLW06 The City of London; the square mile, but new students are welcome.

    The first meeting point will be Chancery Lane tube, outside number 150 High Holborn.

    London guide:Paul Sinclair.

    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: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  4. More current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

  5. Slavery and the Civil War: The United States from 1815 to 1865

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. Britain: Politics and protest in the 1800s

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The 1800s witnessed significant change in political life in Britain, including the rise of flamboyant ‘radical’ politicians, pubic protest movements like Chartism and the emergence of the trade union movement. Equally importantly, the 1800’s also witnessed the emergence of a women’s suffrage movement.

    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. Trade routes that shaped the world: From the Vikings to the Silk Road

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the rich and diverse history of the trade routes that shaped our world. Learn how trade connected societies scattered across distant corners of Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  8. Spain in the twentieth century

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Civil war, dictatorship and democracy – how Spain’s past, present and future clashed on key issues including

    democracy, fascism, Catalan separatism, conservatism and the Catholic church and the drive for modernisation.

    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

  9. Communism in the USSR: 1945-1991

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  10. Catalan separatism: a historical perspective

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A brief history of Catalonia, its exceptionalism within Spain, how and why the separatist movement has evolved and what the future might hold.

    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: £22.00

  11. Anglo-Saxon England from the Viking raid on Lindisfarne to the Norman Conquest

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore this fascinating period in Anglo-Saxon history, from the Viking raids to the Norman invasion.

    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: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  12. Bloody Mary: The life and times of Mary Tudor

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  13. The Weimar Republic 1918-1933

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course looks at the Weimar republic established in Germany in 1918, its achievements, the problems it faced and why these led to the rise of the Nazis and end of democracy in inter-war Germany.

    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: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  14. Remodelling Europe after World War I: the creation of new countries

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    With the disintegration of empires at the end of the First World War, new states emerged. Some survived, others disappeared but the conditions of their creation had long-lasting consequences on Europe and the Middle East.

    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: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  15. The rise of Europe 1000-1300

    Course Date: Fri 15 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    We explore rise of feudal monarchy in Western Europe; Islam and the Crusades; the growth of urban life; trade; and the so-called twelfth century renaissance.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

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