Religious studies

Religious Studies Courses in London and Online

Discover beliefs and traditions from across the globe. Explore iconography, sacred texts and rituals. Examine the history of different world religions and discuss contemporary issues around faith and belief. City Lit offers a wide range of short weekend courses in Religious Studies, from general introductions to close-up focus on specific issues, religious objects and texts.

We are based in the heart of Covent Garden in London, within easy reach of transport links. Many of our courses are now delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Our classes are taught by experienced, professional tutors with a wide range of specialisms, many of whom also teach at London universities. Tutors also bring their expertise from other academic disciplines, for example history and literature. Please refer to specific course outlines for individual tutor biographies.

With our focus on short, weekend courses in religion and belief, it is easy to fit developing your interests into the busy week.

Browse our range of religion and belief courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. The meaning of light: symbolism and religious objects in world faiths
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    World religions and the objects associated with light, from different faiths and festivals.



    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
  2. Introduction to Islam: historical emergence, current issues
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course is about exploring Muslim history: What is Islam? Who is a Muslim? This course explores these questions through a study of the Quran, the Prophet and the socio-political and religious developments in the early history of Muslims. You may discover that there is more than meets the eye.



    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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  3. Christmas unwrapped: an exploration of the story, imagery, carols and traditions of Christmas
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course aims to unwrap the story, imagery, music and traditions of Christmas to see what they tell us about: the person of Jesus and his role, Christmas's origins and its place in contemporary society.



    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
  4. Nature, non-violence, interdependence: how much do you know about Jainism?
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £26.00
  5. Faith and the senses: ritual and world religions
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course is a comparative overview of how aspects of contemporary world religions engage the senses in both rituals and festivities and looks at some of the objects associated with these practices.



    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 £15.00
  6. Adam and Eve, David and Bathsheba: stories and afterlives of biblical marriages
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £26.00
  7. Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Oct 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
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