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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.

  1. Christmas unwrapped: an exploration of the story, imagery, carols and traditions of Christmas

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    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

  2. 'Pursuing other ways': the birth of Britain as a modern multi-faith society, 1800-1919

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Acquiring a ‘second empire’ alongside growing awareness and presence of Judaism helped transform in peace and war both the conduct of and mainstream reaction in Britain to religions other than Christianity, notably Islam and Hinduism.

    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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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 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

  7. 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

  8. '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

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