Modern history

Understand and gain a deeper knowledge and grounding in events and people both past and present that are having a significant influence on our present society. From Margaret Thatcher to the current Israel-Palestine conflict to the economic bumps experienced - immerse yourself in fascinating topics that continue to shape the modern world.

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  1. 1917: an entrance and an exit in the First World War

    Course Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    1917 was a momentous year in the First World War. We will look primarily at two great turning points in the War: the entry of the United States into the conflict and the collapse of Tsarist Russia in the two revolutions. Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  2. A taste of history

    Course Date: Mon 11 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This taster session will introduce you to history and politics courses here at Build. Enjoy learning a bit about history and its relation to current political events.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £5.00

  3. An introduction to populism: a view of America and Europe

    Course Date: Wed 26 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is populism and how does it apply to America and Europe? An insightful short introduction to populism. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  4. Art and social history of the 20th century

    Course Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Western cultural history and art in the 20th century, with particular emphasis on how this has been shaped by key modernist thinkers, cultural movements and artists. We will focus on several themes, including the idea of politics and literature of 'decay' and reconstruction; war, propaganda and utopianism; abstraction, surrealism and postmodernism. Tutor: Andrew McKay.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Back in Blighty: life on the British Home Front, 1914-1919

    Course Date: Wed 2 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Topics covered include attitudes towards, preparations for and reactions to war in August 1914. The role of women, the treatment of minorities and the impact on daily life, together with leisure and the arts. Tutor: Peter Street.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  6. British foreign policy in the 19th century

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Much is currently being written and discussed about Britain’s role in the world. This course starts from the premise

    that the best way to understand how British foreign policy will adapt in the present context, is to examine it's history: specifically, the 19th century, where British Ministers made decisions in an age where technological, political, and economic forces brought challenges and opportunities at an unprecedented scale. Tutor: James Nation.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  7. Current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Enrol early for lively, informed discussion on current events in Britain and the world. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  8. Fifty years ago: the world in 1967

    Course Date: Mon 31 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    1967 came midway between the Russian Revolution and today and this course looks at the momentous events of that year around the globe: political, diplomatic, social and cultural. Much has been written about 1968, but this course will aim to demonstrate that 1967 was at least as important. Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

  9. First wave feminists and the First World War

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For four years British women were mobilised in unprecedented numbers to support the war effort; joining the civilian workforce, aiding recruitment and nursing the wounded. This course presents less familiar narratives of women who resisted the war, schisms within the suffrage movement, an international peace conference and concepts of equality that went beyond the vote. Tutor: Simon Colbeck.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  10. Global inequalities and consumer society

    Course Date: Mon 4 Jun 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What should be done about climate change and the increasing loss of biodiversity? Examine differing perspectives on economic growth, sustainable development, the green economy, renewable energy, inequality and the economic valuation of nature. Tutor: Christina Julios.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. Global issues of the 21st century

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores some of the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: ransnational terrorism, the environment, human and energy security issues, migration, inequality & underdevelopment, and the state's role in a 'globalising' world. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. How the British government works

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to British government and an exploration of the changes and challenges amongst the major political institutions: the executive, the legislature and the supreme court. Tutor: Hywel Nelson.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. Human rights and terrorism

    Course Date: Thu 3 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of human rights, including some history about them and the legal framework, before considering the issue of terrorism alongside human rights. Tutor: Jonathan Thorpe.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  14. Latin America today: key issues and challenges

    Course Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Embark on a journey across the Atlantic and learn about Latin America. We'll discuss some of the key issues, with specific countries as a case study for each issue, to develop our understanding of this complex continent. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  15. Migration, displacement and belonging

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    2015 saw the largest movement of people to and within Europe since the Second World War. This course draws on contemporary research in the social sciences to examine the experiences and struggles of migrants, and look at how migration raises important questions of belonging. Tutor: Miranda Iossifidis.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

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