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. Chinese philosophy: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 12 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There is great richness of thinking in Chinese Philosophy beyond the core Confucian tradition. From the nature of nature to the human condition, Chinese thinkers offer much food for thought.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. Circling the Greek square

    Course Date: Sat 27 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Heraclitus, Parmenides, Plato, and Aristotle founded western thought. Their thinking is not finished but continually refreshed and unfolded in contemporary intellectual innovation and, furthermore, in relation to Asian philosophical traditions.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. City Lit reading group 1

    Course Date: Fri 7 Oct 2016
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read 'A God in Ruins' by Kate Atkinson. Monthly meetings on 7 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 17 March, 5 May, 2 June and 30 June.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  4. City Lit reading group 2

    Course Date: Fri 14 Oct 2016
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read 'Mrs. Hemingway' by Naomi Wood. Monthly meetings take place on 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 Dec, 27 Jan, 24 Feb, 24 March, 12 May, 9 June and 7 July.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  5. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections. 1st meeting point 4/5/2017: Green Park Tube station. Street level, Piccadilly South side.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. Classic drama

    Course Date: Mon 9 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read, view and discuss three classic plays: Euripides' 'Medea', Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and 'Dr. Faustus' by Christopher Marlowe in terms of themes, language, their social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts. No class on 14 February.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

  7. Classics evening lecture

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. You need no prior knowledge of classical languages or history - just bring your curiosity. Visit www.citylit.ac.uk/discovertheclassics for details.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £7.00
    Concession: £5.00

  8. Classics in museums: collecting and displaying Greek and Roman objects

    Course Date: Thu 23 Feb 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how museums formed collections of classical art and archaeology, in London and across the UK, and explore different ways they have been presented to the public. No prior knowledge needed. London museum visits included.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  9. Classics lunchtime talk

    Course Date: Thu 13 Apr 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. You need no prior knowledge of classical languages or history - just bring your curiosity. Visit www.citylit.ac.uk/discovertheclassics for details.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £7.00
    Concession: £5.00

  10. Contemporary American literature

    Course Date: Thu 8 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the American literary scene at the end of the twentieth century and into the new millennium. Discover writers who voice the concerns of modern society as well as reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Includes Don DeLillo's Falling Man and Bark by Lorrie Moore.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Contemporary cinema: new 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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  12. Contemporary poetry

    Course Date: Wed 11 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss a variety of poetry written in the last 50 years. We explore a range of poetry in terms of theme, style and viewpoints. (There will be no class on 15 Feb.).
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  13. Creation, Creature, Creativity

    Course Date: Sat 10 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how poetic representations of the creation and the principle of creativity have evolved over 3000 years. Trace these themes from scriptural texts, through Shakespeare, Milton, Romanticism and up to the present day.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Creative non fiction

    Course Date: Fri 5 May 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  15. Crime and punishment in medieval London

    Course Date: Sat 3 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where were London’s red light districts? Where could you buy stolen goods or meet cross-dressing prostitutes? Learn where the prisons and pillories were located and identify some infamous criminals.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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