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.

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  1. A taste of journalism

    A taste of journalism

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever dreamed of becoming a journalist? Come and learn the basics from an experienced feature writer. Discover how journalists develop ideas, get quotes and present their material in a feature style.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Philosophy and history of mathematics: a brief introduction

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mathematics is one of humanity's great achievements. Explore fundamental ideas about logic, geometry and numbers in early Greek thought, and discover modern debates about how maths underpins science. This course can be taken alone or as an introduction to other philosophy and maths courses.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  3. Performance poetry with Josh Idehen

    Performance poetry with Josh Idehen

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write poetry and perform it, finding your own style and delivery under the guidance of a spoken word artist. Explore the differences between performance and other forms of poetry.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Masters of Eastern European modernism: Franz Kafka and Bruno Schulz

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore two of the greatest 20th century writers, Czech and Polish, whose imaginations pull in exactly opposite directions, towards austerity and microscopic realism or towards fantasy and linguistic intoxication - both with magical and spellbinding results.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

  5. Life and times of James I/VI

    Course Date: Sun 26 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    James was already king of Scotland when he succeeded Elizabeth I in 1603. In fact he had been a king virtually his whole life when he became the first monarch of Great Britain. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Course Date: Sun 26 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this one-day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. A taste of anthropology

    Course Date: Sat 2 Dec 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is anthropology all about? Find out on this introductory course. Look at the aspects different societies have in common and focus on some particular cultures and customs.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Writing song lyrics: a taster

    Writing song lyrics: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 2 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have an idea for a song? On this course we'll analyse lyrics from a range of eras, and examine how and why they work. Enjoy supportive guidance and numerous exercises designed to facilitate you in writing your own lyrics.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Film taster

    Course Date: Sat 2 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some of the themes you can expect to encounter on City Lit film classes. This taster of forthcoming classes offers you the chance to decide which course to take while discussing the value and impact of film study.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  10. Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 2 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out how to go about understanding a poem or how to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and find out what makes a literature class at City Lit so special.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  11. The end of globalisation?

    Course Date: Sat 2 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course explores several ideas present in globalisation studies - i.e. nationalist neo-liberalism (e.g. Trumpianism, Brexiteerism), post-national urbanism (e.g. networks of world cities), corporatist neo-liberalism, regionalism (e.g. ASEAN, EU) and potential emerging neo-empires (e.g. empires of affiliation in distinction to colonialism). Tutor: John Goff.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. The power of voice in fiction

    The power of voice in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 2 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Voice is an act rather than a thing, a passage of breath, a movement of sound, a certain transfer of meaning – the one special feature of writing that bridges the lonely gap between writer and reader. Develop your voice with acclaimed novelist, Tasha Kavanagh.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Classics evening lecture

    Course Date: Wed 6 Dec 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. You need no prior knowledge of classical languages or history - just bring your curiosity. Visit citylit.ac.uk/discovertheclassics for details.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £7.00
    Concession: £5.00

  14. A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 9 Dec 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. Urban well-being in modern London from a human evolutionary perspective

    Urban well-being in modern London from a human evolutionary perspective

    Course Date: Sat 9 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover ways in which we can adapt life-styles and even town plans to better match our ancient ‘Palaeolithic Genome’, and thus contain the otherwise inevitable rise is the often fatal 'Diseases of Civilisation'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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