History, Politics & Economics Courses in London

Check out our diverse collection of history, politics and economics courses, ranging from the history of art, music & fashion to power politics, globalisation & empires, and our popular London history and walks. Discover events that shaped today’s world, through courses in European, Asian, African and American history.

No prior knowledge is required, courses are open to everyone and tutors will spark and indulge interests in classes covering a broad range of topics.

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  1. Crime and punishment in Hampstead from the 17th century to the present day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Over the centuries Hampstead and Hampstead Heath have witnessed many dramatic and horrifying events. From highway men and hangings, to murders, executions and fatal accidents, this walk explores some of the stories of people involved in horrible happenings in Hampstead as well as some of the places set up for policing law and order. We start at Hampstead Tube Station and finish by Hampstead Heath Over-ground Station.

    London guide: Marilyne Greene. We start at Hampstead Tube Station and finish by Hampstead Heath Over-ground Station.

    London guide: Marilyne Greene.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  2. The Dreyfus affair and its legacy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. What is history?

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores some different ways of looking at, and understanding, history.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  4. The Soviet Union and the Second World War

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course focuses on the Soviet experience of the Second World War, dating from the diplomacy of the late 1930s to the defeat of Germany and Japan in 1945.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. The French nation and Napoleon

    The French nation and Napoleon

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Napoleon had a huge impact on the French state and the French nation and many of his ideas and reforms were also adopted across Europe as a result of the French empire which Napoleon founded. Some of these developments were due to Napoleon himself and others emerged because of the systems he set up and the people he employed. Many of the changes he initiated have had long term effects which can be seen up until the current day. The course will examine some of these developments. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. The making of the UK 1603-1801: Restoration, revolution and political unions

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How was the United Kingdom made? What were most significant events and ideas that shaped the political unions? How did ordinary people contribute to, and experience, major political upheaval? These are the central questions which this course will address.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. History reading group: radical thinkers of the 20th century

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a forum to explore radical thinkers and doers and their contexts, selecting individuals from twentieth century Europe and beyond.

    NOTE: We will meet four times: 30 October, 4 December 2019; 19 February and 1 April 2020. First text: Mussolini, R.J. B. Bosworth (Bloomsbury Academic, 2010). Tutor: Carmel Elwell.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  8. The politics of austerity

    Course Date: Fri 1 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Nine years of austerity has changed Britain. We ask questions such as why are 21% of UK citizens living poverty? We will discuss the need for austerity: political choice or economic necessity?
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  9. History and memory across the world

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Typically, the past is often seen as ‘gone’, ‘a long time ago’ or even irrelevant. In contrast, this course promotes the idea that the past has a much stronger influence on how we—as individuals, families, communities, societies and in states as collective actors in international politics—think about not only the present but also the future.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  10. The US Presidents who made the post-war world

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Lecture based course covering the five American Presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) who shaped the post-War world both in their own country and beyond. Both America and the world changed hugely during this period, often directly influenced by these five Presidents. Tutors: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  11. Metternich, Bismarck and the changing face of 19th century Europe

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Course tutor Rudolf Muhs. Full course outline will come later in June.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Current affairs: global issues, activism and protest

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this course, we will explore and discuss social movements, activist projects and protests engaged in the following global issues: Migration, Modern Slavery, Human Rights violations, Inequalities, and Climate Change.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  13. The politics and society of contemporary India

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The structure of Indian society, its colonial heritage, and the fabric of India's rich cultural history have shaped, and in turn have been shaped by, the politics and economic changes over the centuries - telling the rich story of how contemporary India came to be. We will examine contemporary India through its politics and society in this interactive lecture day-course. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  14. Countdown to the 2020 US elections

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 19 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Covering the most important election in recent history, Mark Malcolmson (Principal of Build) takes us through America's next electoral cycle. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  15. Londinium: a tale of two cities (Roman London 47-457 CE)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided city walk.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

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