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. Modern France: from de Gaulle and the Resistance to Macron
    Course Date:  Tue 15 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
  2. A compact guide to international migration: history and present
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 30 Jun 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
  3. Beyond the human: explore the philosophy of artificial intelligence and life
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The fields of synthetic biology and artificial life are merging with artificial intelligence to put our conceptions of what it is to be human in doubt. What are the consequences of thinking ‘beyond the human’?

    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 £54.00
  4. Collective memory and Covid 19
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    How does a collective memory come about? What will we remember of the corona pandemic? This workshop by Anita Kasabova explores the role of memory in the time of Covid-19. Participants are invited to share their experience as first-hand views of a collective memory in the making.

    This course may include content that some learners may find of a sensitive or challenging nature.

    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 £30.00
  5. Pacifism: the moral and philosophical dilemmas in the 21st century
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Few people enjoy living with violence in society, but not many of us are prepared to identify as pacifists. What dilemmas do we face, when trying to adopt more peaceful practices?

    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 £36.00
  6. 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
  7. Social media and the philosophy of shame
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 24 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is shame and how has it evolved in social media cultures? This course by Anita Kasabova examines shame situations in social media. Negative and positive imports of shame are explored, using insights from Aristotle’s theory of shame.

    This course may include content that some learners may find of a sensitive or challenging nature.

    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 £48.00
  8. Cultural History and Politics
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 29 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is Britishness in relation to race, ethnicity, and nation, how has it been presented in film, image and museums, and why is this important? In this course, we explore these question through several examples in the form of posters, cartoons, photographies, films and museum exhibitions.

    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
  9. 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
  10. Ways into advanced historical study
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have a passion for history, or if you've ever been interested in studying history at a higher level, this course could be right for you. Whether you're an avid hobby historian, or thinking about studying history for your Foundation, Bachelors or Masters degree, this course offers you an introduction to history at an advanced level.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £419.00 Senior fee £419.00 Concession £184.00
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  11. A brief introduction to climate change
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    We hear and read about climate change every day. Combining lecture and seminar elements, this short introductory course will explore the history and basics of the climate changes most climate scientists agree are taking place (session 1) as well as engage in a discussion about how these manifest themselves in global challenges and humanity’s responses to these against the backdrop of global politics (session 2).

    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
  12. War and peace: understanding conflict around the world
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course is an exploration of war and peace. We examine the ideas that underpin our understanding and approach to these notions. We will illustrate our discussion by looking at several examples, including Northern Ireland, Palestine, and Yugoslavia.

    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 £44.00
  13. 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

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