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. Afternoon cinema: new and current releases

    Course Date: Mon 9 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be inspired by the best films of the year to create your own list. Oscar/Bafta predictions, weekly 'what's on' - an awards season of must-see movies as vital to film fans as their popcorn.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. Alien Invaders, mutants and paranoia: science fiction cinema in the 1950s

    Course Date: Sat 6 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy classics and cult favourites in an exploration of science fiction cinema's 'golden' decade, and consider the ways in which these popular films also engage with the social, political and technological anxieties of the period.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. An introduction to data journalism

    Course Date: Sat 20 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Use your IT skills to data mine and find stories hidden in published statistics.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. An introduction to film

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course offers you the chance to develop your appreciation of film by exploring themes including early film, classical cinema, art cinema, Hollywood, world cinema, and a range of ways of thinking about film.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £83.00

  5. An Introduction to film: from the birth of cinema to the arrival of sound

    Course Date: Fri 5 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course explores film to around 1930, looking at early film, the development of narrative cinema and the classical Hollywood style, as well as European film movements and styles, and the impact of sound.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. 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

  7. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discuss themes of identity and connection in E.M. Forster's 'Howards End' and a selection of work by writers including D.H. Lawrence and Katherine Mansfield.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  8. Ancient civilisations

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This courses introduces you to great civilisations of the ancient world. The rise of cities and the development of complex cultures will be discussed looking in particular at Southwest Asia, India, China, Egypt, Europe and the Americas. (Please note: there will be no class on 1 March or 8 March.).
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Ancient Rome: from its origins to the time of Augustus

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the history of Rome from its beginnings until the time of Augustus. Explore the preceding cultures, the rise of the Republic and the forging of an empire. A visit to the British Museum is included.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

  10. Anglo-Saxon and Norman London

    Course Date: Thu 12 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using archaeological and written evidence we will explore the development of Saxon London and the changes wrought by the Norman Conquest.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  11. Another gaze: women's film and beyond

    Course Date: Sat 13 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore films made by women that offer visions beyond mainstream cultural and cinematic stereotypes of sexuality, gender, and race. Consider the relevance of the term 'women's cinema' through questions and themes including 'war, resistance, revolution', 'another dream', and ' beyond gender?' Filmmakers include Kathryn Bigelow, Chantal Akerman and Germaine Duclac.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Anthropology of religion 1: ritual, magic and the origins of religion

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover key themes in the anthropology of religion. Focus on contemporary theories regarding the origins and function of religion, ritual, magic, shamanism, pilgrimage and supernatural beliefs in human culture and society.

    NB. The January start for HA012 has been changed. The correct start date is shown on this page.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  13. 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

  14. Anthropology- Race: perceptions and representations

    Course Date: Sat 13 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the emergence and diffusion of the notion of race through an anthropological lens to make sense of how it has been used and abused in history and science.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Anthropology: gender, race and the body in cross cultural perspective

    Course Date: Mon 6 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course employs an anthropological approach to explore diverse cultural attitudes about gender, race and the body, and seeks to critically examine everyday assumptions about gender and racial inequalities, different sexualities, and body image.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

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