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 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. 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.

Get in touch on 020 7831 7831 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

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  1. Art & cultural history of the 20th century - George Orwell

    'Art & cultural history of the 20th century

    Course Date: Fri 12 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the cultural history of Britain in the 20th century through art, literature and architecture, examining key ideas such as the decline of Empire, the growth of the heritage industry and London as an urban metropolis.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  2. A day in the life of the ancient Egyptians

    Course Date: Mon 24 Oct 2016
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    A day in the life of Egyptian girl and boy twins: going to school, visiting the doctor, going shopping, household duties, and playing with games and toys.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £35.00

  3. A history of India from 1500. Photo: The family of Motilal Nehru, who is seated in the centre.

    A history of India from 1500

    Course Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the rich history and culture, and the politics and economic changes that have shaped contemporary India.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  4. A history of Native American slavery

    Course Date: Sat 11 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Though not unknown before colonisation, Native American slavery took a different course with the arrival of Europeans who each in their distinctive way enslaved North American Indians for many purposes. The course looks at colonial slave networks, economic and political motivations behind this trade to disclose a little known phenomenon of North American and Caribbean history.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. A history of the horror film

    A history of the horror film

    Course Date: Fri 23 Sep 2016
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore horror cinema from its beginnings to the present day through silent classics including 'Nosferatu' and contemporary shockers such as 'Insidious', and consider its key themes and a range of critical approaches to the genre.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  6. A pilgrimage through Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

    Course Date: Sun 2 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on the General Prologue, we look at the early manuscripts of the Tales, considering Chaucer's use of langage and imagery, and explore themes that run through the Tales: corruption, religion, gender, and status in medieval society.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. A psychoanalytic investigation of women in horror films

    Course Date: Tue 9 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A unique opportunity to study cinematic representations of femininity, focusing on the horror genre. Psychoanalytic concepts (hysteria, jouissance, uncanny) will shed light on enigmatic titles including 'The Entity', 'Black Swan', 'Possession', 'Teeth' and 'The Piano Teacher'.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  8. A psychoanalytical approach to film

    Course Date: Sat 4 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to psychoanalysis for film interpretation, exploring iconic works by directors including Martin Scorsese, Lars von Trier and David Lynch. Freudian and Lacanian themes will be identified in cinema, engendering a more enriched viewing experience.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. A taste of anthropology

    Course Date: Sat 3 Dec 2016 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is anthropology all about? Find out on this introductory course. Look at the aspects different societies have in common and focus on some particular cultures and customs.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 12 Nov 2016 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to find out what creative writing is all about? This course is ideal if you want to explore how to express yourself on paper, but need help and a supportive environment.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. A taste of food journalism

    Course Date: Sat 8 Oct 2016
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love food and want to write about it? Explore the opportunities out there, in newspapers and magazines, TV and radio, as well as online, with advice on how to approach editors.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. A taste of history

    Course Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This 'taster' session will introduce you to history and politics courses here at City Lit. Enjoy learning a bit about history and its relation to current political events.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £5.00

  13. A taste of journalism

    Course Date: Sat 26 Nov 2016
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you've always dreamed of becoming a journalist, come and learn the basics of how to write features. Discover how journalists unearth facts and quotes, avoid common mistakes and write in a features style.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 17 Sep 2016 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  15. A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    Course Date: Sat 24 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Dickens’s novels London often takes on the force of a character. Augmented by visits (Dickens Museum and the Temple), we shall explore precisely how he expressed his endless fascination with the greatest nineteenth-century metropolis. NB. Course fees include the entrance fee to the Dickens' museum.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

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