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. Ancient Egyptian fashion

    Course Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What can surviving textiles tell us about the minutiae of daily life in Ancient Egypt? We will consider how the Egyptians wove such fine linen, what other fabrics were available, how they pleated their party dresses, and how often and they washed their underwear. A local museum visit brings all to life.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. Ancient Greek poetry reading group (in translation)

    Course Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are still well-loved, but other archaic Greek poets’ surviving works are equally fascinating. Explore the world and works of Hesiod, Archilochus, Sappho, Pindar and others.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Apocalypse now: the method and madness of the 1970s

    Course Date: Mon 24 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the blockbuster spectacle 'Apocalypse Now' embodies the spirit of the New Hollywood – the era of filmmaking in which the auteurs took over the studio system.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Art and social history of the 20th century

    Course Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Western cultural history and art in the 20th century, with particular emphasis on how this has been shaped by key modernist thinkers, cultural movements and artists. We will focus on several themes, including the idea of politics and literature of 'decay' and reconstruction; war, propaganda and utopianism; abstraction, surrealism and postmodernism. Tutor: Andrew McKay.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Art Deco London walk

    Course Date: Mon 31 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Travel back to the 1930s to explore the Art Deco style that influenced a variety of designs, from radios and cutlery to places related to travel, entertainment and commerce. In addition to looking at the architecture of the period, your guide will tell stories of life in London from the time these buildings were being erected. Meet at Victoria coach station, main entrance.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

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