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. 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
    The structure of Indian society, its colonial heritage, and the fabric of India’s rich cultural history have shaped, and in turn have been shaped by, the politics and economic changes over the centuries - telling the rich story of how contemporary India came to be.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. 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

  3. "Canterbury tales mural" by Ezra Winter, photograph by Carol M. Highsmith (public domain) - via Wikimedia Commons

    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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. A social history of Europe in 11 paintings: 1400-1900

    Course Date: Fri 5 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore the historical setting of key paintings with a musical theme by artists ranging from Fra Angelico to Zoffany. The course includes a visit to the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  7. 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

  8. A taste of creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 25 Mar 2017 (and 3 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

  9. A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 8 Apr 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

  10. 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

  11. A walk through Highgate: experiments in urban living

    Course Date: Sun 7 May 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover some of Highgate's 20th century developments, we will pass Lubetkin's iconic High Point flats, walk through Waterlow Park, past Highgate Cemetery to the Holly Lodge Estate and Walter Segal's 1950s St Anne's Close. The walk starts opposite The Woodman pub, Archway Road (take escalator exit from Highgate station and turn right) and finishes at Parliament Hill Fields at the Bottom of Swain's Lane (with option to walk up Parliament Hill to Hampstead Heath main line station).
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  12. Advanced autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This workshop for experienced writers of autobiographical prose or poetry will provide you with support and in-depth feedback on your work. It is suitable for students who have an ongoing project.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £68.00

  13. Advanced critical workshop for creative writers

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced writers, this supportive but rigorous workshop offers the perfect opportunity to develop your novel or short story. Receive in-depth feedback and benefit from detailed group discussions on the art of fiction.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  14. Advanced fiction writing

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your writing on this in-depth and inspiring course. All forms of fiction are supported - long and short. Ideal for experienced writers.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  15. Advanced poetry workshop

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and new poetry can be workshopped. For experienced poets only.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

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