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. Refugees in modern and contemporary European history
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    According to numerous political parties, social media influencers and media outlets across Europe, ‘we’ are currently being ‘flooded’ by especially Muslim refugees and immigrants who either want to exploit ‘our’ welfare policies or pose terrorist threats. This course uses this backdrop to explore the theme of refugees in modern history from the middle of the 19th century onwards.

    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 £79.00 Concession £35.00
  2. More current affairs
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    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.

    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 £74.00
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  3. Cold Wars: old and new
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In this course we will explore more than just the Cold War between the USA and USSR. We will explore the meaning of Cold Wars, where they were (and are) fought, how and by who.

    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
  4. Understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £66.00
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  5. A compact guide to international migration: history and present
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore and understand trends and developments in international migration since the industrial revolution.

    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 £79.00 Concession £35.00
  6. Migration and the Literary Imagination
    Course Date: Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course explores literature that has emerged from the colonial and postcolonial migration of people from different cultures to Britain and the US. We will be discussing how literature provides a creative space for reflecting on experiences of migration, how fiction attends to legacies of colonialism, racism and xenophobia and how ‘migrant aesthetics’ have created new transcultural forms of literature.

    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 £60.00
  7. War and peace: understanding conflict around the world
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The course is an exploration of war and peace, examining the ideas that underpin our understanding and approach to these notions.

    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
  8. African history reading group
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    African history remains a marginalised topic, both within the historical research landscapes and most educational systems across the world. This reflects how history emerged as a scholarly endeavour in the context of European and American imperialism and nationalism. In this course, read and discuss African history to counter this and do our own work.

    Course dates are 26/05, 23/06 and 21/07.

    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 £22.00
  9. History of the world for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 31 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Recent events have shown us that we must think globally. Yet, how do we go about that with regards to history? Do we think only about the global past or do we situate our understanding in the global present? And if we can even agree on that, do we give primacy to empires and imperialism, technology and arms, trade and finances, oceans and nature, power and resistance, people or systems, or all of them?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £61.00
  10. Modern France: from de Gaulle and the Resistance to Macron
    Course Date: Tue 15 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    (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 £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £61.00
  11. 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
  12. Political thought reading group
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Through the discussion of selected texts we will explore a number of interesting and important ideas from contemporary and historical political thought.

    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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £30.00

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