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. Anthropology: violence, conflict and the modern world

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will apply an anthropological approach to examine the social, cultural, political and evolutionary dimensions of human violence to examine the reasons for the prevalence of group conflict and genocide in a modern, globalised world.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  2. Apocalypse now: the method and madness of the 1970s

    Course Date: Mon 24 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the blockbuster spectacle 'Apocalypse Now' embodies the spirit of the New Hollywood – the era of filmmaking in which the auteurs took over the studio system.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  3. Art and social history of the 20th century

    Course Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Western cultural history and art in the 20th century, with particular emphasis on how this has been shaped by key modernist thinkers, cultural movements and artists. We will focus on several themes, including the idea of politics and literature of 'decay' and reconstruction; war, propaganda and utopianism; abstraction, surrealism and postmodernism. Tutor: Andrew McKay.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. Art Deco London walk

    Course Date: Mon 31 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Travel back to the 1930s to explore the Art Deco style that influenced a variety of designs, from radios and cutlery to places related to travel, entertainment and commerce. In addition to looking at the architecture of the period, your guide will tell stories of life in London from the time these buildings were being erected. Meet at Victoria coach station, main entrance.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  5. Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Course Date: Mon 24 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to get started and what's involved in autobiographical writing. Explore various resources from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £40.00

  6. Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jul 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction. Develop your writing and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Back in Blighty: life on the British Home Front, 1914-1919

    Course Date: Wed 2 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Topics covered include attitudes towards, preparations for and reactions to war in August 1914. The role of women, the treatment of minorities and the impact on daily life, together with leisure and the arts. Tutor: Peter Street.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  8. Brick Lane Battleground 1970s: guided walk

    Course Date: Mon 7 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Tales of sweatshops and sweetshops, cultural change and conflict, housing struggles, racism and resistance, and the fight by young Bengalis for better lives, with tour guide David Rosenberg, author of 'Rebel Footprints'. Meet just inside the entrance of Altab Ali Park (corner of Whitechapel Road/Whitechurch Lane, E1). Nearest tube Aldgagte East.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  9. British foreign policy: Thatcher - Cameron; photo of David Cameron by Tom Evans

    British foreign policy: Thatcher - Cameron

    Course Date: Tue 6 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the state of British foreign policy, looking at policy and key events in relation to Europe, America and the Middle East during the British governments from Thatcher to Cameron.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Business, banks and bombs - City of London guided walk

    Course Date: Sat 5 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    The City of London is built on business with evidence of trading since Roman times. Walking through its heart, we'll discover the historical foundations for some of the businesses, learn about some of the attacks and campaigns to damage its financial infrastructure, and see how building for business is continually changing the City’s skyline. Starts outside Cafe Nero, St Paul’s tube Station, 14.30. Ends the Gerkin, near Liverpool Street / Aldgate Station.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  11. Celebrity journalism: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 17 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Interested in becoming a celebrity journalist? Learn what editors are looking for, and how to work with PRs and press officers. Get practical advice on selecting celebrity interviewees, interview technique and publishing your work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Charles Baudelaire: first poet of the modern city

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how Baudelaire responded to living in 19th century Paris and created several new kinds of poetry - correspondences, urban symbolism, confessional verse and prose poetry which express personal experience more intensely than ever before.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Charlie Chaplin: the philosophy of a comedy genius

    Course Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Charlie Chaplin rose to fame during the silent film era. We will highlight his iconic ‘Tramp’ screen persona featured in 'Modern Times', 'City Lights' and 'The Kid' – and the philosophical implications of this world-famous character.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  14. China - a sphere of influence

    Course Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain a better understanding of the historic roots of modern China and the implications for East Asia and the world of the re-emergence of China as a Great Power.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  15. Christopher Nolan: dystopian dreams and hidden hopes

    Course Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Christopher Nolan is one of the 21st century’s most successful filmmakers. This course focuses on the philosophical themes of dystopia, hope and morality contained in his most recent releases: The Dark Knight, Inception and Interstellar.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

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