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. The Aztecs

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover one of the great New World civilisations and their achievements - the Aztecs of Mexico.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Euclidean geometry

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover one of the key mathematical texts through drawing. Working with ruler and compass, we will construct a geometry and come to understand why it set the standard for truth and proof for two millennia.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  3. Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Poetry through the seasons: summer

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rose quartz sunsets, the cool citrus of iced lemonade, cold beer or a hosepipe ban. Whatever summer means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the sunnier seasons of the earth, sky, mind and heart.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. The Inca

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about the history and culture of the Inca civilisation from South America.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  6. World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers

    Course Date: Sun 22 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered how Tolkien or C.S. Lewis did it? On this one-day course you'll learn how to build worlds that lend your fantasy or speculative fiction credibilty, richness and the kind of depth that leaves readers wanting more. Ideal for enthusiastic writers with an idea to explore, or a writing project in progress.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00

  7. Freelance journalism

    Freelance journalism

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fast track through the essential skills for writing newspaper and magazine articles with a widely experienced Fleet Street professional. Experiment with challenging interviews and receive insider tips on selling your work.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £60.00

  8. Discovering and deciphering ancient writings

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at how archaeologists have been able to decipher certain ancient scripts and why others still remain a mystery. You will also have the opportunity to decipher texts yourselves. Taught by Dr. Claudia Zehrt from the British Museum.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Getting published

    Getting published

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £48.00

  10. Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to get started and what's involved in autobiographical writing. Explore various resources from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. The impact of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war on contemporary politics

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 1967 war between Israel and the Arabs was one of the defining moments in the politics of the modern Middle East. We will look at the history of the conflict leading up to the 1967 war, its impact on the region and on contemporary regional and global politics. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

  12. 1968: year of turbulence across the world

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fifty years ago the world was rocked by clashes between forces trying to bring about change and those that were determined to prevent this. As decolonisation progressed, new countries found it hard to resist the pressure to take one or other side in the Cold War. This course looks at the momentous events of that year around the globe: political, diplomatic, social and cultural.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  13. Introduction to advanced academic writing (year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Introduction to advanced academic writing (year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this one-day workshop we will explore the building blocks and strategies for good writing. Ideal for those studying, or contemplating writing, at this level.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Writing memoir: a taster

    Writing memoir: a taster

    Course Date: Wed 25 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have a personal story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This short course guides students in planning and crafting a memoir.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Global political Islam

    Course Date: Wed 25 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Debates concerning Islam and its impact on global politics have come to dominate the contemporary political landscape. On this short course you will gain an understanding of the mindset upon which Islam and politics have 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

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