History, Culture & Writing Courses in London

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. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. The Stalin Regime: 1928-1941

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is an introduction to the history of the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union between 1928 and 1941. Students will learn about key events during the Stalin years and how historians approach them.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. Afternoon cinema: Alfred Hitchcock & Christopher Nolan - are you watching closely?

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Compare two British directors (Hitchcock/Nolan) who found fame and fortune in Hollywood: is Christopher Nolan is a modern day Hitchcock? Expect dreams, obsessions, and unreliable narrators in Memento, Vertigo, The Prestige, The Lodger, Inception, and Blackmail. Also, a weekly ‘what’s on’ and the latest film gossip.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  4. 'Dominance, decline and discovery': a social, economic and cultural history of rural Britain, 1815-1914

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course traces the varying fortunes, diversity and changing significance of 19th century rural Britain alongside the problems, prospects, life and leisure of those which it supported – from the country house to the work house.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  5. Proust Vol 2: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Proust’s masterpiece comes to life with supportive resources and invigorated discussion. Through close reading of the second volume, we are immersed in the life of this most introspective narrator in the modernist classic.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  6. Chinese philosophy in a nutshell

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There is great richness of thinking in Chinese Philosophy. From the nature of nature to the human condition, Chinese thinkers offer much to ponder.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. France in revolution: 1789-1799

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1789 ordinary French people successfully rebelled against the absolute monarchy and privileged nobility. Find out

    how the struggle over the social and political system which would replace the Ancien Regime would divide both France and Europe. Tutor: Zoe Quinn.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Phenomenology: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Phenomenology, one of the most influential approaches in contemporary philosophy, asks: how do we constitute experienced reality? Following Husserl and Heidegger, phenomenologists try to understand what it means, if anything, to be in the world.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  9. Beginners' anthropology

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course gives you the basic tools for an elementary understanding of anthropology. We will identify methods and areas of concern that distinguish it from sociology, history and other disciplines.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. Hitchcock and Christopher Nolan: are you watching closely?

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Compare two British directors (Hitchcock/Nolan) who found fame and fortune in Hollywood and consider if Christopher Nolan is a modern day Hitchcock. Expect dreams, obsessions, unreliable narrators and Macguffins in Memento, Vertigo,The Prestige, The Wrong Man, Inception, Suspicion, The Dark Knight, Lifeboat and Dunkirk. Are you watching closely?
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £96.00

  11. Modern Irish and British drama

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss some key drama texts from the last 50 years in terms of theme, character, language and as performance texts. Plays studied will include 'Betrayal' by Harold Pinter, Top Girls by Caryl Churchill and Translations by Brian Friel.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Introduction to philosophy

    Introduction to philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This problem-based introduction to philosophy explores key themes of modern philosophy, including truth, knowledge, ultimate reality and the mind-body problem.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £101.00

  13. 1919: The peace conferences, the remodeling of Europe and its consequences

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    By shifting borders, creating new countries, and blaming the vanquished, the peace treaties (1919-23) modified dramatically the map and balance of power in Europe and the Middle East, with consequences that are still felt today. Course tutor: Sebastien Ardouin. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  14. Philosophy for the guilty

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    What can philosophy offer us once we have transgressed, fallen or sinned? You could say that philosophy only truly comes alive to us once we have betrayed our own values. Only then are we ready for philosophy's interrogation.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. Alchemy as philosophy

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Meet the alchemists, astrologers, Cabbalists proto-philosophers and almost-scientists of the 16th century. On this course you will read their own words and explore their cultural and historical context.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

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