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. Art cinema

    Course Date: Fri 13 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With its distinctive look and appeal, the art cinema offers an experience quite unlike that of mainstream film. Explore its style, history, development and cultural function through a range of films, filmmakers and critical responses.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. Art, sculpture and architecture of the classical world: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 28 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover what messages the ancient Greeks and Romans were trying to convey about themselves through their art, sculpture and architecture. No prior knowledge of their world is necessary – just an enquiring mind.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  3. Aspects of European cinema since 1945

    Course Date: Sat 5 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    View and discuss a range of films and filmmakers from 1945 to the present day, and explore critical approaches to European cinema, including national cinema, new waves, authorship, art cinema and popular cinema.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Autobiographical writing

    Course Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to make your work evocative and powerful. Explore various resources for autobiography, from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00

  5. Autobiography into fiction

    Course Date: Sat 21 Oct 2017 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction. Develop your writing and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Bach the Baroque master

    Course Date: Fri 13 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    J S Bach's music, with its unity of freedom and fixity, stands at the peak of the baraque period and has been a constant source of inspiration for other composers. Explore Bach's life, works and rich legacy. No previous musical

    knowledge necessary. [Note: No class session on 01 June 2018]. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Baroque music: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 22 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain an understanding of the development of Western Music in the 17th and early 18th centuries.

    [Note: No class session on 27th October]. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Beginners' anthropology

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course gives you the basic tools for an elementary understanding of anthropology. We will identify methods and areas of concern that distinguish it from sociology, history and other disciplines.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  9. Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing the modern-day romance

    Course Date: Thu 9 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a single pen can compose an unforgettable romance novel. This six-week course will chaperone students through the plotting of modern romance stories.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  10. Biography writing

    Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a great biography? Learn to experiment with your own life writing as you uncover the techniques and methods of this exciting genre with a professional biographer.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  11. Biography writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 2 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a great biography? This introductory course, led by a professional biographer, covers the key techniques used in this exciting genre.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  12. British foreign policy in the 19th century

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Much is currently being written and discussed about Britain’s role in the world. This course starts from the premise

    that the best way to understand how British foreign policy will adapt in the present context, is to examine it's history: specifically, the 19th century, where British Ministers made decisions in an age where technological, political, and economic forces brought challenges and opportunities at an unprecedented scale. Tutor: James Nation.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  13. Buddhist philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Impermanence is the root of human suffering.' Over hundreds of years a highly developed philosophy grew from this simple idea. However, one does not need to adopt a religious outlook to benefit from Buddhist philosophy.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  14. Celtic realms

    Course Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this new and fully-illustrated course we explore the origins and development of Celtic culture in the British Isles and Ireland from antiquity to the High Middle Ages. We will cover art, architecture, and literature. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  15. Character as driving force in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Which comes first: character or plot? Inseparable: without characters there can be no action/without action, no characters. Explore the ways in which characters can deepen plot and theme with acclaimed novelist, Tasha Kavanagh.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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