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. A Dickens of a time: the making of the Victorian Christmas

    Course Date: Tue 10 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Christmas was of limited significance in the 1830s but that changed fundamentally during Queen Victoria’s reign. We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that made/makes for the traditional Christmas season.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  3. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 8 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Discover how London recovered from one of the great disasters and became a centre of commerce and the heart of a great empire. We follow in the steps of some of its best known characters like Doctor Johnson and Samuel Pepys and some lesser known including William Lilley and Thomas Chatterton.

    London guide: Paul Sinclair. The course follows on from the HLW06 The City of London; the square mile, but new students are welcome.

    The first meeting point will be Chancery Lane tube, outside number 150 High Holborn.

    London guide:Paul Sinclair.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  4. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 9 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of

    their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First meeting point (10/1/19) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  5. Film taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jan 2020
    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

  6. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jan 2020 (and 2 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

  7. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jan 2020
    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

  8. Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)

    Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? This course is designed to help you tap into your creativity and find your unique writing voice. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience of creative writing who identify as having dyslexia.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. 'Against the grain': political, social and cultural radicalism in Britain, 1815-1914

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course examines radical ideas and action notably the right to vote, the governing/composition of the UK, gender relations, animal welfare, (non-) religious belief, socialism, anarchism, terrorism and the Arts from the later 19th century.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  10. The Ottoman Empire and the Western Powers: politics, archaeology and the public imagination

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course covers the the Ottoman Empire and the Western Powers from the 18th to the early 20th century. An overview of the political history of the Ottoman Empire will provide the background to exploring the importance of archaeology in the construction of empire and nation in the Ottoman and Western public imagination.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Communism in the USSR: 1945-1991

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is an introduction to the history of the Soviet regime from the moment of its victory in the Second World War to its collapse in 1991.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £88.00

  12. Philosophy and psychoanalysis - Sigmund Freud

    Philosophy and psychoanalysis

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are human beings rational or irrational creatures? Can we be unconscious of some of our own beliefs, desires and intentions? Is there a scientific explanation of human suffering? This course compares philosophical and psychoanalytic answers to these questions.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  13. Anthropology of art, ethnographic film and photography

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course aims to critically explore the role and symbolic meaning of art from a cross-cultural

    perspective, ranging from the concept of beauty, the beliefs and rituals associated with material objects, to the human body as canvas and the role of museums.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  14. Introduction to classical civilisation: from Mynos to Mycenae

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the origins of civilisation in the Aegean. This course coincides with a new exhibition on Troy at the British Museum. A visit to the galleries of the British Museum is included.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  15. Confucianism in a nutshell

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    ‘If one learns from others but does not think, one will be bewildered. If, on the other hand, one thinks but does not learn from others, one will be in peril.’ Confucius, ‘Analects 2.15’.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

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