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. 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. 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 golden age of British cinema: the 1940s

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 1940s saw major developments in British films and filmmaking matched by record numbers of cinema-goers. Explore a range of films, and themes such as realism and melodrama, in this golden decade of British cinema.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. A love of the Rack and the Screw: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These troubled poets’ tempestuous marriage produced some of the 20th century’s greatest poetry. We'll explore the work of both from romantic bliss to gothic violence to Hughes' final tender goodbye in 'Birthday Letters'.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £45.00

  4. A taste of anthropology

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is anthropology all about? Explore 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

  5. A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jul 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive one-day course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jul 2017
    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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  7. 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  8. Advanced critical workshop: three-week intensive

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive, three-week course offers students critical feedback on their story openings, narrative structure, dialogue and description through a range of interactive workshop activities.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £36.00

  9. After imperialism: the African leaders who took over at independence

    Course Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine the first presidents of newly-independent African states - how their personalities shaped their nations, the challenges inherited and policies pursued. Special focus on the leaders of Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. Tutor: Hywel Nelson.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  10. An introduction to Deleuze’s philosophy of creativity and freedom

    Course Date: Sat 12 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is thought? What is creativity? Could the ways in which we encounter the world be constrained by habituated, reactive patterns of existence?
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  11. An introduction to film: from the classical era to contemporary cinema

    Course Date: Fri 9 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course explores film from the 1930s to the present day, looking at Hollywood cinema, classical and post-classical film, European cinema, art cinema, popular cinema, key movements and concepts including genre, spectatorship and authorship.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. 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

  13. Ancient Egyptian fashion

    Course Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What can surviving textiles tell us about the minutiae of daily life in Ancient Egypt? We will consider how the Egyptians wove such fine linen, what other fabrics were available, how they pleated their party dresses, and how often and they washed their underwear. A local museum visit brings all to life.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. Ancient Greek poetry reading group (in translation)

    Course Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are still well-loved, but other archaic Greek poets’ surviving works are equally fascinating. Explore the world and works of Hesiod, Archilochus, Sappho, Pindar and others.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  15. Anthropology of religion 2: religion, globalisation and the modern world

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the social and cultural relevance of religion in the modern world, and explore anthropological understandings of world religions as well as new religious movements, alternative spiritualities and religious fundamentalism.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

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