History, culture & writing

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studies, creative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others. In addition please take a look at our new range of one-off workshops and study days run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Want to speak to a member of the Humanities Team to find out more about our courses? Call us on 020 7492 2652 or email us on humanities@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. The City of London: the square mile

    Course Date: Wed 13 Sep 2017 (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 City Lit. Entrance fees not included.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. Great short stories: modern and contemporary British fiction

    Course Date: Thu 14 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (ed. Malcolm Bradbury) and volume 2 of Philip Henshers's anthology, The Penguin Book of the British Short Story, we will read and discuss some of the best of modern British writers, including Ian McEwan, VS Pritchett, JG Ballard and Angela Carter.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  3. Victorian literature: 'the state of the nation' in prose, poetry and drama

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did Victorian authors interpret the remarkable developments of their era? Studying Dickens’ 'Great Expectations', Wilde’s 'Importance of Being Earnest' and a representative selection of poetry, we shall gain deeper insights into this fascinating period.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. Beginners' anthropology

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course gives you the basic tools for an elementary understanding of anthropology. We will identify methods and areas of concern that distinguish it from sociology, history and other disciplines.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  5. Introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse literature in a friendly and supportive environment. You will read and discuss a wide range of poetry and short stories by James Joyce, Alice Monroe, Raymond Carver and Katherine Mansfield. No class on 16 October.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  6. Buddhist philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Impermanence is the root of human suffering.' Over hundreds of years a highly developed philosophy grew from this simple idea. However, one does not need to adopt a religious outlook to benefit from Buddhist philosophy.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  7. Introduction to philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This problem-based introduction to philosophy explores key themes of modern philosophy, including truth, knowledge, ultimate reality and the mind-body problem.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £83.00

  8. Victorian Britain: 1830-1867

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the development of and change in Early Victorian Britain. From the industrialising economy, politics, religion, science and culture to population and urban growth, the expansion of empire and development of railways and mass leisure.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  9. The new wave in Hollywood and world cinema: 1967-1974

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Bonnie and Clyde' rode the new wave that made Hollywood great again after 'Blow Up' invaded swinging London, while 'The Battle of Algiers' raged in Europe — a special, never-repeated time in filmmaking world-wide.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  10. Introducing anthropology: key concepts and debates

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore the key principles and methods of anthropology. A cross-cultural study of different human societies and world views, with a focus on how culture and society shape the behaviour of diverse human groups.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  11. Trade, diplomacy and war: Egypt and its neighbours

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We explore the contacts and relationships between Ancient Egypt and contemporary world powers including Nubia, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia, Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece. The evidence from archaeology, ancient texts and art is fascinating and beautiful. A visit to the British Museum is included.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £105.00

  12. Poetry in revolutionary times

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Is Auden right that 'poetry makes nothing happen'? We look at how poets have helped people to understand, cope with and sometimes resist revolutionary periods from the late 18th century to the present,.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  13. Origin and evolution: a short history of America's complex federal system

    Course Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Federalism in the United States is the dynamic relationship between state governments and the federal government of the United States. Develop an understanding of this complex relationship and explore how shifts of power in America challenge government cooperation. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  14. Film at the BFI: thrillers, London Film Festival, India on film

    Course Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Come and join us at the BFI. The course includes a blockbuster thriller season full of suspense, the 2017 London Film Festival as well as Big Screen Classics, India on Film and much more besides.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. 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

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