Culture Short Courses Online

Explore criminology, sociology, religious studies and more in our short courses. No previous experience is needed.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

  1. Communicating with the dead: the faith and science of spiritualism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Since Victorian times Spiritualists, from eminent scholars to ardent Christians, have been convinced that we can talk to the dead. Explore some of the scientific techniques and religious arguments that have been used to test the reality of the spirit world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. French Film Noir

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Originating in the poetic realist film movement and the crime literature of writers such as Georges Simenon, French film noir is characterised in ways quite unlike its American counterpart. We will explore French film noir from the 1940s to the1970s and its revised appearance in French cinema since the 1980s, its key directors and stars, and critical accounts of its development and style.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  3. Miriam the prophetess, Ruth the migrant and Queen Esther: stories and afterlives of biblical women

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the biblical stories of three women, each representing an aspect of religious, political and social life of ancient Israel. These stories have inspired many writers, and been transformed to adapt to the social, political and religious concerns of the times.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  4. Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This study day will examine the question of the association of women with magic and witchcraft.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  5. Jesus: what does the evidence say?

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the evidence in the New Testament and other sources for who Jesus was, what he did and why he was crucified. This will involve developing knowledge of the New Testament and biblical interpretation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  6. Creation, creature, creativity

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore how poetic representations of the creation and the principle of creativity have evolved over 3000 years. Trace these themes from scriptural texts, through Shakespeare, Milton, Romanticism and up to the present day.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  7. Religion, ethics and modern life: assisted dying and Christianity

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore religious approaches to ethics, with a focus on sources and ideas from the Christian tradition, and apply these to the moral issue of assisted dying.

    This course may include content that some learners may find of a sensitive or challenging nature.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  8. Religions of India: what Jainism can teach us about peace and the environment

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The Jain religion is non-theistic and believes in an everlasting soul and a material body. Its morality is based on non-violence and non-acquisition. The Jain aphorism ‘all life is interdependent’ is in tune with creating a peaceful and sustainable world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. 'Forth in thy name': overseas Christian mission and the British Empire

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The course explores the emergence, changing rationale and nature of missionary activity in these years. Considered too are indigenous responses (notably India and Africa), challenges posed, including the role of women, and support at home.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  10. Quakers: simple, radical, contemporary?

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Quakers listen for the inner voice within that speaks truth and love, without making use of priests, ancient rituals or creeds. Find out why people today are re-discovering Quakerism.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  11. Pacifism: the moral and philosophical dilemmas in the 21st century

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Few people enjoy living with violence in society, but not many of us are prepared to identify as pacifists. What dilemmas do we face, when trying to adopt more peaceful practices?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  12. Aspects of European Cinema

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Aug 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course introduces you to a range of themes in European cinema, including art cinema, authorship, national cinema, movements and new waves, popular cinema, and genre, while also exploring key developments in European film history and a range of critical responses to European cinema.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. An introduction to Indian comparative religions

    New
    Course Date: Tue 10 Aug 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The course is an introduction to Indian Religions. Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism all have common aspects, but also some fundamental differences in philosophy.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

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