History, politics & economics

Explore History, Politics & Economics

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. History taster
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is history? What does history mean to you? Is history important to society? Why or why not? Who gets to decide what and whose history is important? What are the implications of this? There are many reasons and ways to engage with history. With this course, we scratch the surface of the vast universe that is history to give you a taster.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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  2. The Stalin Regime: 1928-1941
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is an introduction to the history of the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union between 1928 and 1941. Students will learn about key events during the Stalin years and how historians approach them.

    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
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  3. The Smashing Saxons: 1000-1066
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Why did Offa build his dyke? Were the Vikings just ‘long-haired tourists who occasionally roughed up the natives’? Was Alfred really that great? These questions and more will be answered as we study the rise and fall of pre-Conquest England.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £105.00
  4. US history for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course offers a brief examination of, and introduction to, the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the United States, 1608 - 2001.

    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. Chinese history for beginners
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 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 £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £39.00
  6. Queen Victoria's heyday: Britain and Ireland 1848-1861
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Aspects covered include the nature of government and Empire, franchise reform and peace movements; Florence Nightingale, The Crimea and health reform; the role of religion and developments in science; the Arts and the Great Exhibition.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £105.00
  7. The Scottish Enlightenment
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The centre of intellectual life in Great Britain was, in the late 18th and early 19th century, not

    Oxford, Cambridge, or London… it was Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Scottish Enlightenment

    made a unique contribution to the development of economics, history, philosophy,

    sociology, and more that is still with us today. This course identifies the main thinkers,

    debates, and contributions and places it within the context of the time.

    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
  8. The changing British voter
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The outcome of the General Election of 2019 was unimaginable even a few months previously, with the Conservatives taking seats that were solidly Labour since their creation in the early twentieth century. What explains this change? Will it last? What does it mean for the other parties? We shall explore the changing way Britain has voted over the last seventy years and sketch how not just the British voter, but British society, has changed in a few generations.

    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 £71.00 Concession £39.00
  9. Twentieth Century British political history
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If a week is a long time in politics, what on earth happens over a hundred years? This course

    looks at how British politics was transformed during the twentieth century – not once, but

    several times – and shows how we can understand politicians, parties, and government as

    responding to changes in our society and economy. A fascinating blend of continuity and

    change, this course shows how we got to where we are today.

    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
  10. Stuart London 1 1603-1660
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore London's history between 1603 and 1660. How did the accession of the Stuarts, revolution, the interregnum and restoration impact on London and its people.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
  11. Current affairs
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Enrol early for lively, informed discussion on current events in Britain and the world. 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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £79.00
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  12. The rise of the American Dream: 1940s - 1950s
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will cover the changing period in America – where the nation is on the brink of going to war; the impact of the War on America – domestically and on the global stage.

    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
  13. The Art of War: London’s brushes with conflict
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    London’s superb collections of visual representations of War show how conflict affects people, politics & places. Hostilities have destroyed, but also inspired, influenced & impacted the attitudes of Londoners & artists.

    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
  14. UK politics for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Brexit and then COVID have dominated the headlines, but this won’t last for ever. This courses offers an introduction to British politics so you are well prepared whether we return to business as usual… or a new normal.

    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
  15. Revolution
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Revolutions change the world. Yet what makes a revolution? Are things different in the twenty first century? This course explores what it is to experience, fight, and resist a revolution.

    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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