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. More current affairs

    Course Date: Thu 26 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Gain information and analyse and debate news items on this follow-on course from 'Current affairs'. New students welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  2. Cities of gold: Native American cities before Columbus

    Course Date: Tue 1 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the little known history of pre-Columbian civilizations North of Mexico and their links to Aztec and other Mexican cultures.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £55.00

  3. Classics evening lecture

    Course Date: Wed 2 May 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

  4. Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Introduce yourself to the archaeology of the ancient world, from the palaces of the Minoans and Mycenaeans to the Roman Forum.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Ancient Greek drama: a reading group in translation

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore themes from the ancient Athenian stage, and how they still speak to us about the challenges we face today.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £65.00

  6. An introduction to data journalism

    An introduction to data journalism

    Course Date: Sat 5 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Use your IT skills to data mine and find stories hidden in published statistics.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. 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

  8. Faulkner's gothic vision

    Course Date: Sat 5 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Faulkner’s short novel ‘The Bear’, we will examine how narration probes the cracked surfaces of human relationships. The guided, text-based discussion will provide tools towards understanding Faulkner’s complex vision. Please read in advance.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. What editors want: writing and selling news and features

    What editors want: writing and selling news and features

    Course Date: Sat 5 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write articles and sell them to commissioning editors. Discover the key skills required to produce stories to a deadline. From coming up with ideas to writing, editing and getting your work commissioned.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    Course Date: Sun 6 May 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This course, led by Nick Field, City Lit literature tutor and former Keats House Poet in Residence, will give you the chance to read, explore and discuss some of Keats' most significant poetry in the location in which many of them were written. Poems include 'The Odes' and 'The Eve of St.Agnes'.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  11. Collectors and the British Museum

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    William Hamilton, Charles Townley and Lord Elgin were great collectors of ancient artefacts and by donating their collections to the British Museum influenced Neo-Classical culture.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Witchdoctors, wizards and shamans: the anthropology of Shamanism

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Popular representations of shamans, wizards and witchdoctors are often confusing and inaccurate. This course examines, through anthropology, ideas surround healing, cure and communication with spirits that blur the line between the visible and the invisible.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. A journey through Boccaccio's Decameron

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inspired by the 'Arabian Nights', Boccaccio created the first Italian novel. He also went beyond Christian morality and contemporary canons to portray an extraordinary variety of themes, characters and settings. Includes scenes from Pasolini's eponymous film.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Contemporary British playwriting and theatre

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on key works in modern British theatre, we explore developments since the boom in new writing in the 1990’s, the work of major playwrights in context and the significance of new contemporary theatre forms. Writers include Caryl Churchill, Simon Stephens and theatre companies including Forced Entertainment.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Approaching an agent

    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

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