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. Explore two unusual London parks

    Course Date: Sat 24 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore Holland Park with its ruined Jacobean Mansion and Battersea Park with its exotic Pagoda. Learn about the history of the landscapes and the trees and plantings seen today. Meet at Notting Hill Station ticket barrier.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  2. Exploring creativity: from words to stories

    Course Date: Sun 18 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Escape the constraints of the logical mind through creative games with writing and imagination. Give yourself permission to play and generate raw material for your art on this stimulating one-day course.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Exploring fiction

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the elements of successful prose fiction and develop your personal style. Learn to approach novels and short stories with a critical eye, and apply the lessons learnt to your own writing.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £68.00

  4. Exploring slavery's interiorities: Toni Morrison's 'Beloved'

    Course Date: Sat 6 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Toni Morrison's lyric prose helps the reader grasp the psychological devastation wreaked by the institution of slavery by close observation of a community of ex-slaves recreating their lives after the holocaust. Please read the novel in advance.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Films and filmmakers in European cinema

    Course Date: Fri 5 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    View and discuss films and filmmakers in European cinema since the 1920s and explore their contributions to its key 'moments' and development through a range of critical concepts, including authorship, art cinema and national cinema.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  6. France in revolution: 1789 to 1799

    France in revolution: 1789 to 1799

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1789 ordinary French people successfully rebelled against the absolute monarchy and privileged nobility. Find out how the struggle over the social and political system which would replace the Ancien Regime would divide both France and Europe.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  7. Freelance writing and blogging

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00

  8. From Athens to Sparta: Unwind with Wonders – travelling with Pausanias in the Peloponnese

    Course Date: Sat 3 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Pausanias was a Greek traveller of the 2nd century AD who wrote a fascinating account of his tour of Greece. Using Pausanias as a guide, this new course takes in the shrines and rituals, towns and temples, with their deities, myths and other tall tales, and more.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Further advanced literary study

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, helping you to develop the rigour and skills that belong to higher level study. Topics include the post-modern and the post-colonial.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  10. Furthering your creative writing

    Course Date: Sat 6 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your writing voice while continuing to explore and experiment with different genres. Ideal if you have completed Ways into Creative Writing or another introductory course. There will be no class on 18 February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  11. Global inequalities and consumer society

    Course Date: Wed 31 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sociological look at power and divisions. Examine the relationship between institutions and inequalities, focusing on such issues as race, gender, class and disability.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  12. Guest lecture: 300 years of freemasonry in England

    Course Date: Thu 11 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From a modest start in a London tavern 300 years ago, organised freemasonry in England and Wales grew to a membership of 200,000 and the idea of freemasonry spread across the world, adapting to local circumstances as it did so. Mark Dennis, Curator of the museum in Freemasons’ Hall, will tell this remarkable history illustrated from the rich collections of the museum.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  13. Hispanic cinema: from Bunuel to Inarritu

    Course Date: Sun 28 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How has Spain and Latin America reflected its lively modern history in its movies? An opportunity to sample some films and discuss the works of various filmmakers.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Hollywood films Hollywood

    Course Date: Sat 27 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Los Angeles Plays Itself' in films about Hollywood, dark place of our dreams, forbidden 'Maps to the Stars'. View the technique of 'The Artist', 'The Player', 'Hail Caesar' - 'The Bad and the Beautiful' babylon that is Hollywood.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Hollywood in the shadows: the American film noir

    Course Date: Sat 10 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    View and discuss the American film noir from its heyday in the 1940s through classics such as 'Double Indemnity' (1944) to 'neo-noirs' including 'Point Blank' (1967), while exploring its themes, styles and enduring appeal.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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