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:

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.

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  1. Climate change: a brief introduction
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Retallick
    We hear and read about climate change every day. Yet it is hard to keep up and get the big picture. Join us to slow down and get a sense of how the problem of climate change has emerged, what is being done about it and what more needs doing.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  2. France, Empire, Slavery: Colonisation and decolonisation since 1789
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pamela Pilbeam
    This course will explore how from 1789 France acquired and lost 2 empires; the importance of slavery and its abolition in this empire; and France's claims to pursue a 'civilising mission' in its colonies.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
  3. Introduction to Islam: historical emergence, current issues
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Jan 2025

    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 £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
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  4. Global issues
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Apr 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    Through the study of some of the key actors and main issues that affect people across continents, you will gain the skills and knowledge to analyse today’s world and the challenges we all face.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £188.00
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  5. Modern France: from de Gaulle and the Resistance to Macron
    Course start date:  Thu 5 Jun 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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