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 very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Dickens’s novels London often takes on the force of a character. Augmented by visits (Dickens Museum and the Temple), we shall explore precisely how he expressed his endless fascination with the greatest nineteenth-century metropolis. NB. Course fees include the entrance fee to the Dickens' museum.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  2. Play in a day: Antony and Cleopatra

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read or seen the play but want to know more? This course examines the background to Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra', discusses characters, identifies themes, draws parallels with Shakespeare's other plays, looks at language and analyses key scenes. T.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. How to write a novel synopsis

    How to write a novel synopsis

    Course Date: Sun 24 Jun 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop teaches students how to write a synopsis of their completed manuscript, an essential requirement of submitting to agents and publishers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. An introduction to the Hindu Temple

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover more about the development, history and sacred geometry of the Hindu temple in this weekend course which includes a guided visit to the Shri Vallabhi nidhi Temple in Wembley.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  5. How Conrad changed fiction: facing the self in remote places

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how Conrad’s stories changed the way we read fiction by placing characters in extreme circumstances and raising doubts about whether it’s possible really to know someone, using unreliable accounts, time shifts and multiple ironies.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Global inequalities and consumer society

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    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. Tutor: Christina Julios.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  7. A taste of anthropology

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is anthropology all about? Explore 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. Classics evening lecture

    Course Date: Wed 4 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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….
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £5.00

  9. Further village London: guided walks

    Course Date: Wed 11 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  10. French weekend: My journey through French cinema: before the French New Wave

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Journey through French film history exploring essential directors: Renoir, Vigo, Melville, Bresson, Becker and Agnes Varda. Reasons enough to lose head and heart to the movies.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  11. French weekend: Bastille Day - an evaluation of the event and its significance

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The storming of the Bastille is undoubtedly one of the most famous events in French history. What led to the events of 14th July 1789? What were their consequences? And what place does that day occupy in the French collective memory?
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  12. Character as a driving force in fiction

    Character as a driving force in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In fiction, character and plot are inseparable elements of craft. Without characters in stories there can be no action, and without characters acting there can be no plot. In this course you'll learn how to create characters that can drive a narrative forward and deepen its themes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore interesting, off-beat and diverse approaches to generating verse on this one-day course. Try out cut-ups, found lines, experiments in meter and rhyme, and much more.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. French weekend: Are we still Postmodern? Revisiting Lyotard’s 'The Postmodern Condition'

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course offers a chance to read and critically assess one of the founding texts of 'postmodernism'. Forty years on, can it tell us anything about our present condition and our own attempts to understand it?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. French weekend: French film noir

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore French film noir, from its beginnings to the present day, through a range of key films and critical responses, and consider the ways in which it has both imitated and differed from the American model.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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