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. In addition please take a look at our new range of one-off workshops and study days run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

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.

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  1. An introduction to film: from the classical era to contemporary cinema

    Course Date: Fri 3 Nov 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  2. An introduction to film: from the development of cinema to 1930

    Course Date: Fri 13 Apr 2018
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  3. An introduction to film: the development of cinema to 1930

    Course Date: Fri 22 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  4. An introduction to literature: drama

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will read and discuss three plays including The Doll's House (IF) by Ibsen, Richard II (IF) by Shakespeare and a play in production in London in terms of language, characterisation, ideas and how they work as performance texts. No class on 19 October.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse poetry and prose. You will read and discuss a wide range of poetry and prose including the novel 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot and some short stories.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. An introduction to poetry: UA Fanthorpe, Elizabeth Jennings and Carol Ann Duffy

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following on from Introduction to poetry 1, you will read ,discuss and enjoy a selection of poetry by UA Fanthorpe, Elizabeth Jennings and Carol Ann Duffy in terms of their styles and themes.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Anglo-Saxon literature in translation

    Course Date: Sat 21 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Anglo-Saxons wrote some outstanding poetry: much of it is exciting, inspiring, and dramatic. This course gives an opportunity to read, interpret, and discuss a selection of this literature, from sections from 'Beowulf', to the Anglo-Saxon 'Genesis' and the 'Battle of Maldon'. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Anthropology and human identity

    Course Date: Mon 30 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We'll explore the foundations of human society and social identity, looking at the ways different cultures think about and create group identity and belonging through a range of practices, including kinship, ritual and gift-giving.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  9. Anthropology of art 1

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course aims to critically explore the role and symbolic meaning of art from a cross cultural perspective; ranging from the concept of beauty, the beliefs and rituals associated with material objects, to the human body as canvas and role of museums.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  10. Anthropology of art 2

    Course Date: Mon 12 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course aims to critically explore the role and symbolic meaning of art from a cross cultural perspective; ranging from the concept of beauty, the beliefs and rituals associated with material objects, to the human body as canvas and role of museums.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  11. Anthropology of space, place and the cultural landscape

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is an introductory and interdisciplinary course which ranges beyond social anthropology to explore aspects of cultural geography, philosophy, psychology, art and architectural history, thus enriching your theoretical and ethnographic understanding of the cross cultural meaning of space within the built environment..
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Anthropology: humans and their cultures

    Course Date: Mon 30 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine differences in social structure and cultural attitudes to address ideas of development, tradition and resistance to change recorded by anthropologists. The course is designed to complement 'Beginners' anthropology'.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  13. Approaching an agent

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop, designed for authors who have finished their manuscript, offers practical advice on finding and approaching a literary agent.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Art and society in the Great Age of Athens (478-403 BCE)

    Course Date: Thu 5 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore life and art in 5th century Athens, the time of Pericles, Alcibiades and Socrates. Includes a visit to the British Museum.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

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