Issues Facing Our World

In times of uncertainty, knowledge can help us understand what’s going on around us. City Lit’s range of History, Politics and Science courses explore a number of contemporary issues facing the world right now. A few of the questions we’re currently asking are: How has America got to where it is right now? What are the origins of the ongoing middle eastern crises? Why do politicians need trust, and how do they get it? How do we deal with the histories of empire? Are there other ways of organising our economy? What is the impact of climate change on our lives?

Taught by experts in their field, our courses give you the opportunity to explore current affairs, historical issues, and global challenges. Join us as we discuss, debate, and dissect the answers.

The City Lit Politics read: What we talk about when we talk about politics by Dr Benjamin Chwistek.

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  1. Rising powers: China
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    The spectacular rise of China is one of the most significant developments of the last decades. What explains it and what does it mean for China itself and the world?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £130.00
  2. Understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nomaan Hanif
    Trace the historical roots of this conflict and study the peace process of the 1990s: Madrid talks, Oslo agreement, Camp David talks and the recent Middle Eastern road map, as well as the latest developments on this stimulating interactive lecture course. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £55.00
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  3. The Bible and the big questions
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew Grey
    Explore key biblical passages which inform some of the big moral and theological questions and learn principles in biblical interpretation for addressing these questions.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  4. Current affairs
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Michael Bloomfield
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news in an online setting? 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
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  5. Introduction to Islam: historical emergence, current issues
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Farid Panjwani
    The course is about exploring Muslim history: What is Islam? Who is a Muslim? This course explores these questions through a study of the Quran, the Prophet and the socio-political and religious developments in the early history of Muslims. You may discover that there is more than meets the eye.



    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 £38.00
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  6. More current affairs
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Bloomfield
    Continue your exploration of current affairs through lively, informed discussion. Run as a tutor-moderated discussion group of current news events. This course follows on from 'Current affairs' but new students are welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
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  7. Political thought reading group
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Zannis Kairis
    Through the discussion of selected texts we will explore a number of interesting and important ideas from contemporary and historical political thought in this online reading group.







    Ahead of the first session, please read: Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism.



    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 £49.00 Concession £25.00
  8. How America replaced Britain in the Middle East 1945-2003
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nomaan Hanif
    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.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
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  9. Global issues: conflict
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 5 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Nomaan Hanif
    Many arguments have been put forward concerning the changing nature of conflict over the last century. Do states still matter in conflict or are we in a post-state age with new forms of war and types of conflict?



    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
  10. American politics for beginners
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sandra Carvalho
    In this introductory onlline course, you will explore the historical roots and evolution of American democracy, as well as current trends in the country’s national politics.



    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 £58.00
  11. Modern France: from de Gaulle and the Resistance to Macron
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    (Re)discover France's complex politics during the Fourth and Fifth Republics, and the social challenges and tensions the country faced both at times of growth and modernisation and of crisis and doubts.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00

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