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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 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

  2. American Liberalism from FDR to Obama

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of liberalism in American politics and how the ideology has evolved over time.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £35.00

  3. The Heights of Dickens

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Follow in Charles Dickens’ footsteps in a virtual walk from Highgate to the hamlet of North End on the border with Hampstead and Hampstead Garden Suburb. We see houses that Dickens stayed in; learn about his friendships; see inspirations for David Copperfield and peep into Highgate Cemetery where several members of the Dickens family were buried. We will pay a visit to the Spaniard’s Inn featured in the Pickwick Papers and continue with Bill Sikes' journey in Oliver Twist from Highgate Hill across the grounds of Kenwood towards North End and Hendon.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  4. Post war Japan

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 18 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This introductory short course will examine some of the key issues in the building of Japan in the post-World War II period through the turn of the century Examination will be of the political, social and economic spheres of Japan’s post-war reform and reconstruction, recovery and rise, and stagnation.

    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

  5. Fit for purpose? The British constitution

    Course Date: Wed 20 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The last few years have raised questions about our political institutions: are they still fit for purpose? To find out, we shall explore the British constitution and uncover the way that it really works, including the impact of Brexit. We shall discuss proposals for reform and ask, as we enter the 2020s, whether the country needs a period of quiet stability or radical change in the way it is governed.

    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: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  6. Gender politics

    Course Date: Wed 20 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Gender is a fact of life, but what does it mean and how does it affect our politics?

    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: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. Chinese history for beginners

    Course Date: Wed 20 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A beginners' course in Chinese history - looking at China's social, political and cultural history, alongside major events of Chinese history.

    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. Rising powers: China

    Course Date: Thu 21 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The spectacular rise of China is one of the most significant developments of the last decades. What explains it and what does it mean for China itself and the world?

    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

  9. The US Presidents who made the post war world

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 21 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Lecture based course covering the five American Presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) who shaped the post-War world both in their own country and beyond. Both America and the world changed hugely during this period, often directly influenced by these five Presidents. Tutors: Mark Malcomson.

    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

  10. The modern history of the Balkans: Between Europe, Russia and the Ottoman Empire /Turkey

    Course Date: Fri 22 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    To many, the Balkans seems to be either a violent and incomprehensible region or a bunch of cheap holiday destinations. Focusing on the period from the early 19th century until today, this five-session course looks beyond simplifying narratives of deep ethnic hatred and tourist imaginaries, exploring instead the national and regional dynamics in the context of the location at the overlapping European, Russian and Ottoman/Turkish spheres of influence.

    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

  11. ‘The Open Road’: A social history of motoring in Britain, 1896-1939

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The course explores the rise and social/cultural impact of mass motoring in war and peace. Aspects considered include marketing, garages, opposition to (women) motorists and safety concerns together with motoring organisations, maps/guides and leisure destinations.

    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

  12. 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

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

    New 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

  14. Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain

    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Through interactive lectures and discussions the course explores the idea of tolerant coexistence of religious groups under Islamic rule and after Christian re-conquest; how, by 1525, Catholic supremacy led to the Inquisition, expulsion of the Jews and banning of Islam.

    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

  15. 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

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