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. Further village London

    Course Date: Wed 19 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A further five walks around London's former villages - Hampstead, Highgate, Archway, Fitzrovia and Soho. Why did these areas grow up as villages and how did they become swallowed up by the city of London? This is a continuation of 'Village London' (HLW24), but new students are welcome. The first meeting place will be just outside Hampstead tube station.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 24 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £40.00

  3. 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

  4. Global political Islam

    Course Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Debates concerning Islam and its impact on global politics has come to dominate the contemporary political landscape. On this short course you will gain an understanding of the mindset upon which Islam and politics has been fused and its role in contemporary Islamic thought and movement. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  5. Grave matters: death, burial and the afterlife in the Victorian era

    Course Date: Mon 24 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the causes of/attitudes towards death and the body; the funeral and the evolving funeral industry; the emergence of commercial cemeteries and cremation. We will also consider contemporary views of heaven, hell and spiritualism.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  6. Greek myths: ancient truths, modern mystery

    Course Date: Mon 24 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Myth permeated all aspects of ancient society and much the same can be said today. Investigate the relevance and perseverance of the Greek myth and why these tales continue to fascinate.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. Hellenistic philosophy: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 24 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about Western philosophy through its beginnings in ancient Greece.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Hollywood's new musicals - La La Land scene by scene

    Course Date: Sun 30 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Award winner La La Land is a contemporary musical set in Los Angeles celebrating old Hollywood with a new wave naturalism. Compare clips from golden age musicals to discover this genre’s origins and power – we’re back in classic musicals heaven!
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Muslim societies in modern times: the reception of modern ideas and institutions, the status of traditional practices, debates around the nation state, democracy, gender, identity, globalisation and extremism.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. How to write a novel with Yannick Hill

    Course Date: Mon 7 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course deals with all aspects of novel writing technique and prose style. Ideal for fiction writers about to begin a novel or those with a novel at early draft stage.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £40.00

  14. Human rights and terrorism

    Course Date: Thu 3 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of human rights, including some history about them and the legal framework, before considering the issue of terrorism alongside human rights. Tutor: Jonathan Thorpe.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  15. In search of beauty: the life and work of William Morris

    In search of beauty: the life and work of William Morris

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the life of and formative influences on William Morris together with his many achievements notably in design, his place in Victorian literature and contribution to wider cultural movements and radical politics.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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