Culture, history & humanities

Explore Culture, History & Humanities Courses

Explore our extraordinary range of History, Culture and Writing courses and lectures. We offer both introductory and specialist in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, from ‘How to read a film’ and World literature, to Creative non-fiction writing courses and American history and Politics courses.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators; many have published, teach in universities or share their expertise in the media. Tutors share their knowledge and passion through presentations, readings, interactive discussion and exercises, analysis, and other activities.

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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

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All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.


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  1. Great works: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    This course explores Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, Frankenstein. We will consider the novel’s literary, socio-political, philosophical, and scientific contexts, alongside thinking about its narrative themes and techniques. We’ll also touch upon its rich ‘afterlife’, thinking about some of the ways the novel has been reimagined in later adaptations, and asking why this story continues to have such resonance today.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
  2. Great works: Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    This short online literature course will explore Henry James’s novel ‘A Portrait of a Lady’ (1881). We will consider

    James’s narrative methods and concerns, and also engage with contextual and critical material to inform our reading.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
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