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. Global inequalities and consumer society

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sociological look at power and divisions. Examine the relationship between institutions and inequalities, focusing on such issues as race, gender, class and disability. Tutor: Christina Julios.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  2. French weekend: Bastille Day - an evaluation of the event and its significance

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The storming of the Bastille is undoubtedly one of the most famous events in French history. What led to the events of 14th July 1789? What were their consequences? And what place does that day occupy in the French collective memory?
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  3. Ronald Reagan: the 'happy warrior'

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Reagan reset the American presidency after the traumas of the 60's and 70's. Often dismissed as a triumph of style over substance, Reagan changed the direction of the US and the world. Now, with some critical distance, it is time to review and appraise the man and what he achieved.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  4. 1968: year of turbulence across the world

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fifty years ago the world was rocked by clashes between forces trying to bring about change and those that were determined to prevent this. As decolonisation progressed, new countries found it hard to resist the pressure to take one or other side in the Cold War. This course looks at the momentous events of that year around the globe: political, diplomatic, social and cultural.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  5. The rise and fall of the Weimar Republic

    Course Date: Fri 27 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the turmoil at the end of the First World War, various factions in Germany sought to create a republic and this was first proclaimed on November 9, 1918. In many ways the Weimar Republic was a genuine attempt to create a perfect democratic country, but by 1923 it was already looking fragile. This course explores the reasons for the establishment of the republic, its ambitions and achievements, its mishaps and its eventual downfall. Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  6. Why do we obey? The politics of obedience

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We groan against the bosses, berate politicians, demonstrate against most aspects of the social system, and then humbly take our orders from above. Is obedience imprinted in our genes? How submissive must people be for society to function? In this short course we will discuss the politics of obedience, drawing on psychology, anthropology, history and political philosophy.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  7. Communism: Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao

    Course Date: Fri 3 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will provide an introduction to Communism through examination of the ideas of Marx, Lenin, Stalin in Russia, as well as how Communism is viewed and implemented in China with Mao.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  8. From the Great Exhibition to the Festival of Britain: the nation on display, 1851-1951

    Course Date: Tue 7 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    National exhibitions were a recurrent and popular feature of these years. In addition to the aforementioned, the background, nature, impact and legacy of imperial shows and joint exhibitions with France and Japan are also considered.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  9. EUrope as an idea

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One talks of European cultures, values, civilization, even of a European project. But what is this ‘Europe’ – a chimera, delusion, political-historical trend, idea? Is the EU the basis for some future ‘Europa’?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. History taster

    Course Date: Fri 7 Sep 2018
    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: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  11. Latin America today: key issues and challenges

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  12. Current affairs

    Current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  13. From Indochina to Algeria: the fall of the French colonial empire

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the aftermath of the Second World War, France lost in less than two decades most of its colonies. Some, in Africa, gained independence peacefully but others, Indochina and Algeria, only achieved it after prolonged and bloody wars with dramatic consequences. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  14. The Rise and Fall of the Weimar republic: Germany 1918-1933

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the turmoil at the end of the First World War, various factions in Germany sought to create a republic and this was first proclaimed on November 9, 1918. In many ways the Weimar Republic was a genuine attempt to create a perfect democratic country, but by 1923 it was already looking fragile. This course explores the reasons for the establishment of the republic, its ambitions and achievements, its mishaps and its eventual overthrow by the Nazis. Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  15. Whores, lepers and heretics: minority groups in the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Sat 1 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will look at the rise of persecution in medieval Europe and how ‘outsiders’ were identified in art and literature

    before 1500CE. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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