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. The Dreyfus affair and its legacy
    Course Date:  Wed 10 Nov 2021

    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
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  2. The big fellow: the life of Michael Collins
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    2021 marks the centenary year of the 1921 Anglo Irish-Treaty. On this short course we will evaluate the life, career and legacy of the Irish dissident, politician, finance minister and military leader, Michael Collins, a leading figure in the Irish War of Independence. How can we best evaluate the ‘Big Fellow’s’ political legacy?



    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 Paris Commune
    Course Date:  Mon 15 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course will investigate what revolutionary communes in Paris and other towns in 1871 signified for France and the world. Were they rebellions against legitimate government or patriotic attempts to rebuild after disastrous defeat by Prussia?



    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 £13.00
  4. England’s earliest kings 2: Offa and the Mercian Supremacy
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In the mid-C7th Mercia rose to challenge Northumbria for supremacy but after a brief set back became the dominant kingdom in England for about a century from the early C8th to the early C9th under three remarkable kings, Ethelbald, Offa and Coenwulf. Offa is still well known today and nearly succeeded in making England a Mercian kingdom.



    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
  5. Londinium (Roman London 47-457 CE)
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457.



    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
  6. Rescue, Revealed, Restored: the Blitz and preserving history
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 21 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    This walks covers an area devastated in the Blitz explaining what happened in 1940/41, the efforts to rescue St Paul's, the Roman remains that were revealed as well as post war restoration and rebuilding of historic buildings. Meeting place Moorgate tube station outside Café Nero.



    London guide: Marilyn Greene.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £10.00
  7. The use and abuse of history in 20th century wars and conflicts
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 27 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Following an introduction to 20th century memory politics around the world, the session explores memory politics before and during war and conflict on the one hand, and memory politics, reconciliation and trauma after war and conflict on the other.



    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
  8. The French Resistance during the Second World War
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 4 Dec 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 £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £25.00
  9. Religion and U.S history
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This one-day online course will provide an overview of the role of religion in American life, from the colonial era up until the present day.



    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. Between two bars: Strolling along Fleet Street
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 5 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is a virtual walk. In 1878 the symbolic entrance to the City of London from Westminster, Temple Bar was taken down to allow greater traffic flow into the City. It was replaced by the Temple Bar Monument, a more subtle marker into the City. In this virtual walk we trace the history of Fleet Street and the institutions and professions that the street is symnominous with and take a survey of the architecture and monuments of this conservation area. The walk ends at the entrance of Paternoster Square, where in 2004 the former, restored Temple Bar was re installed as its gateway.



    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
  11. East End in fact and fiction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    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
  12. The invention of Christmas
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Beginning around the middle of the 19th century, a ‘new Christmas’ came into the fore; a reinvented Christmas, if you will. Why did this Christmas shift as it did – to produce the modern celebration many people still enjoy today? In this course, the stories of those groups and individuals who impacted this ‘reinvention of Christmas’ will be shared.



    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
  13. America's wars: interventions in Latin America
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Uncover a dramatic history of coups, revolutions and covert ops. In this two part course, we will look at how successive US administrations intervened in the countries to their south since the second world war.



    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
  14. The rise of the American Dream: 1940s - 1950s
    Course Date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    Please note there is a break week on Wednesday 16 February 2022.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
  15. 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

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