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 causes and consequences of the Battle of Lepanto 1571

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The Battle of Lepanto, possibly the largest naval battle in 2000 years, has been described as the last European crusade that lead to the decline of the Ottoman empire. But has its significance been exaggerated?

    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

  2. Medieval London 1000-1600: the archaeology of a capital city

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This one day course looks at a period that fundamentally shaped London as a city, from the laying out of a new town within the old Roman city wall, through the rapid growth of the 11—13th centuries, the impacts of the Black Death, and its subsequent revival.

    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. Renaissance maps

    Renaissance maps

    Course Date: Mon 12 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    By the sixteenth century advances in map-making meant they were not only functional but highly collectable objects in their own right. Maps could be seen as statements of power, evidence of wealth and cultural learning.

    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: £26.00

  4. Renaissance women

    Course Date: Wed 14 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the world of the so-called Renaissance through the eyes of women who were not only passive subjects of paintings but active patrons, artists and poets.

    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: £26.00

  5. History and memory as democratic practice

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The course will explore history and memory work in the different spheres of British politics, activism, popular culture, heritage, history education, and historical research and openly address the question of how we can engage to promote history and memory work as democratic practice.

    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

  6. East meets West in the Renaissance

    Course Date: Thu 29 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The fall of Constantinople in 1453 marked a watershed in East/West relations as Mehmet the Conqueror welcomed European artists to his court. We explore cultural exchange between Islam and Europeans in the sixteenth 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: £26.00

  7. A walk through N3: Conservation Finchley

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Aug 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Finchley Central contains three conservation areas. Starting at the oldest part of the former village of Finchley Church End , this virtual walk stops to admire traces of the old village, Edwardian and Victorian architecture before moving on to the delightful Finchley Garden village and College Farm, the last remaining farm in Finchley.

    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

  8. Archaeology of London

    Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.

    Tutor: Jill Hummerstone. Tutor :Jill Hummerstone.

    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. Lesser known West London walks

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Through a series of virtual tours explore some areas of West London that are rarely explored but with interesting history. Riverside walks, musical connections , places of worship, Arts and Crafts style, former industrial buildings, television history, social history, elegant homes and famous personalities all feature.

    London guide: Diane Burstein.

    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. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    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

  11. Norman and Plantagenet London 1000-1350

    Course Date: Fri 22 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    We chart the impact of the Norman Conquest on the development of London and end by exploring how Londoners reacted to the Black Death with killed 50% of the inhabitants. There will also be a guided walk.

    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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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