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 Vichy Regime

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Born out of the defeat of 1940, the Vichy regime is one of the darkest periods in French history. Even if Marshal Pétain pretended he was sheltering the country from excessive demands by the Nazis, the government and administration offered themselves to the service of the enemy, often for the worst.

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Crimes and misdemeanors: crimes that rocked the capital

    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Royal scandals, fraud, hoaxes & crime, this city has always had a darker underbelly. This course looks at some of the events that shocked and shaped the city.

    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: £30.00

  6. East End in fact and fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Life and times of George II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    George II is perhaps best remembered as the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle and also as the

    instigator of the custom of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah. His reign marked the high point of

    Handel’s career which the King did much to promote but also saw other great achievements in British culture with the art of Hogarth and the works of Pope and Swift. In politics, Robert Walpole created the post of Prime Minister and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebellion was the last attempt by the Stuarts to regain power and made him into an instant legend. Towards the end of the reign men like Pitt, Wolfe and Clive laid the foundations of the British empire whilst the Agricultural Revolution was transforming British society.

    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

  10. The Dreyfus Affair and its legacy

    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Miscarriage of justice, anti-Semitism, reason of state and ultimately triumph of justice. There is more to the Dreyfus

    Affair though, an event that polarised French society like few before and is at the heart of modern France.

    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: £30.00

  11. Women in the Victorian period

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Meek, willing, subservient – this is the traditional stereotype most often associated with women in the Victorian era. How did women really live in the period and what were some of the social challenges that they faced?

    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

  12. Making the American world: America, power and politics

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 18 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Follow the ascendancy of American power, from 1945 up to the Trump administration, through a history of wars, foreign interventions and “soft power”. This course is a broad survey of America’s changing place in the world, investigating the relationship between domestic and international politics. 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. The French Fourth Republic from its origins to its collapse 1946-1958

    Course Date: Thu 18 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Behind the post-war myth, what was the French Resistance? Who resisted against Nazi occupation and the collaborationist Vichy regime, and why? How did de Gaulle emerge as its leader and used it to strengthen his power?

    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. Wars and conflict in 20th and 21st Century Europe: the use of history and memory

    Course Date: Fri 19 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    From north to south and east to west, many European communities and societies have seen the previous century defined mostly by violence, conflict and war. In many places, belligerent governments have often (ab)used the past in what we can call memory politics to legitimise hatred. Similarly, wars and conflicts have also left deep historical wounds, many of which have taken decades to heal or have yet to heal. This course explores these troubling but important dimensions of 20th century European history.

    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

  15. American conservatism from Hoover to Trump

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of conservatism 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

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