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. History taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Sep 2019
    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: £9.00

  2. In the footsteps of London's rebels

    Course Date: Tue 10 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore London's places of protest and discover the stories of radicals, agitators and campaigners who fought for social justice, equal rights and better lives for all from the 1830s to the 1930s. The initial lecture will be held at Build followed by 10 walks. The final session will be held at Build.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £92.00

  3. London at war

    Course Date: Tue 10 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. It's buildings, monuments and even street names reflect our embattled past. These walks examine London's wartime legacy from mediaeval fortifications to the War on Terror.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First session will be a lecture at the Build.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  4. The City of London: the square mile

    Course Date: Wed 11 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts. Initial lecture at Build. Entrance fees not included.

    London guide: Paul Sinclair. Initial lecture at Build. Entrance fees not included

    London guide: Paul Sinclair.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £92.00

  5. City of words: London's literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens' dramas and Wilde's witticisms. After an introductory lecture we walk a different London neighbourhood each week exploring its literary connections. Initial lecture is at the at Build. This is followed by 8 walks.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  6. 'Dominance, decline and discovery': a social, economic and cultural history of rural Britain, 1815-1914

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course traces the varying fortunes, diversity and changing significance of 19th century rural Britain alongside the problems, prospects, life and leisure of those which it supported – from the country house to the work house.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  7. France in revolution: 1789-1799

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1789 ordinary French people successfully rebelled against the absolute monarchy and privileged nobility. Find out

    how the struggle over the social and political system which would replace the Ancien Regime would divide both France and Europe. Tutor: Zoe Quinn.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. The Ottoman Empire

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Ottoman empire lasted from 1300 right through to 1918. We will study the rise and fall of the empire.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  9. The Stalin Regime: 1928-1941

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is an introduction to the history of the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union between 1928 and 1941. Students will learn about key events during the Stalin years and how historians approach them.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  10. Asia in world history

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Over five classes, this course will centre Asia and the peoples and states of Asia within its own global history.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  11. Atlantic Revolutions: 1775-1850

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Atlantic revolution or rebellion? How did the American Revolution impact on revolutions in Europe, France in 1789, and then most of Europe and South America to 1850? Was there an interlinked Atlantic Revolution, or a number of separate events? How were revolts elsewhere viewed in the USA? Tutor: Pamela Pilbeam.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  12. Refugee politics

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Forced migration comprises one of the most contentious issues in UK politics today. As contemporary political discourse continues to centre around migration, this module provides an opportunity to unpack the politics of refugee crises and resettlement.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. London society and space : from the Gordon Riots to fin de siecle

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examining London’s social history and built environment, from the destruction and chaos of the 1780 Gordon Riots to the dark, dangerous glamour and political turbulence of the 1890s.

    There will be one field-walk lasting approximately 2 hours on Saturday 12 October, meeting at 11am in Lower Regent Street (under the Duke of York column, Waterloo Place).
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  14. 1919: The peace conferences, the remodeling of Europe and its consequences

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    By shifting borders, creating new countries, and blaming the vanquished, the peace treaties (1919-23) modified dramatically the map and balance of power in Europe and the Middle East, with consequences that are still felt today. Course tutor: Sebastien Ardouin. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  15. Economics: myths, metaphors and markets

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We are all economic actors. We work, we consume, we save… The course, designed for total beginners in economics, will look through the myths that surround economic activity and the metaphors, the received images, which shape how we think about this issue. Let’s try to better understand what is happening on the markets for labour, for goods and services, in this country and globally. No maths, no jargon. Tutor: Christian Michel.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

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