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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. US controversies: Migration

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    On this brief half-day course, we’ll look at migration as an issue in America. We’ll examine the historical ‘waves’ of migration to the US and within the US. The course will also trace the key government policies from the late 19th century through today, that were enacted to restrict migration flows, particularly into the US from abroad.

    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

  2. Spain in the 20th century

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 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: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  3. The Golden Age of Elizabeth I

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The Virgin Queen, Gloriana and Good Queen Bess are just a few of the names given to Elizabeth I, who remains one of the most widely recognised monarchs in British history. How can we best evaluate Elizabeth’s reign, and in what ways was the era a ‘Golden Age?’.

    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

  4. US controversies: The Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of the Ku Klux Klan and its role in American history.

    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

  5. Cultural History and Politics

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    What is Britishness in relation to race, ethnicity, and nation, how has it been presented in film, image and museums, and why is this important? In this course, we explore these question through several examples in the form of posters, cartoons, photographies, films and museum exhibitions.

    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: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Ronald Reagan: the 'happy warrior'

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Reagan reset the American presidency after the traumas of the 60's and 70's. Often dismissed as a triumph of style over substance, Reagan changed the direction of the US and the world. Now, with some critical distance, it is time to review and appraise the man and what he achieved.

    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

  7. US controversies: Cuba and the United States

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In 2019, sixty years after Fidel Castro's rebel army overthrew an American-backed dictatorship, the US and Cuba are at a cross-roads: the Castro era now over; the Trump administration threatening to return to a Cold War footing. This one day course will reveal how we got here — via sugar cane fires and exploding cigars. It will use photography, film clips and primary sources to bring to life the stories that made that that history — and to ask, what happens next? 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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Life and times of George III

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the life and times of George 111 the first English born monarch for over 70 years whose reign saw both the loss of the American colonies and the birth of a new industrial, agricultural and scientific age.

    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. Trains, drains and remains

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A virual tour considering the history of the city which is largely under our feet, we will discuss the tube and post office tunnels, water conduits, hidden rivers, and archaeological remains from burials and buildings found in the ci.

    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: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  10. History and memory across the world

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Typically, the past is often seen as ‘gone’, ‘a long time ago’ or even irrelevant. In contrast, this course promotes the idea that the past has a much stronger influence on how we—as individuals, families, communities, societies and in states as collective actors in international politics—think about not only the present but also the future.

    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

  11. US controversies: Slavery

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    On this brief half-day course, we’ll look at slavery as an issue in America. A brief overview of the history of African-American slavery in the US - what it was, the shape of slavery from nationhood to the American Civil War and its aftermath of Reconstruction. The course will focus on the ‘end’ of slavery, when does this occur, what happens and how the legacies of slavery are felt through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

    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

  12. US Controversies: Native American slavery in American history

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Though not unknown before colonisation, Native American slavery took a different course with the arrival of Europeans who each in their distinctive way enslaved North American Indians for many purposes. The course looks at colonial slave networks, economic and political motivations behind this trade to disclose a little known phenomenon of North American and Caribbean history. Tutor: Max Carocci.

    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. US controversies: Civil Rights

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a one-day course that will provide an overview of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

    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

  14. London regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    London regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the reconstruction of London after WWII, the decline of its infrastructure, population and economy in the 1960s and 1970s and the emergence of a truly global city by the end of the century.

    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

  15. Oliver Cromwell: an introduction to the Protectorate era

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 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

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