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. The story of Christianity: history, beliefs, practices

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the origins and development of Christianity and its defining beliefs. We will look at the person of Jesus Christ, the Bible, the Church and key ideas such as the Trinity.

    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

  2. Not just ‘the Lady with the Lamp’: Florence Nightingale in her bicentenary year

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 4 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A biographical/thematic approach considering Nightingale’s writings, contributions to nursing and wider campaigns both at home and in the Crimea; how her ideas about and experience of Christianity influenced her life, goals and aspirations for others.

    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. The Bible and the big questions

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore key biblical passages which inform some of the big moral and theological questions and learn principles in biblical interpretation for addressing these questions.

    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. The meaning of light: symbolism and religious objects in world faiths

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Oct 2020
    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

  5. Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    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

  6. 'The glorious dead': religion, the war dead and remembrance, 1914 - 1939

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Marking the centenary of The Cenotaph, we explore the origins and social/cultural context and nature of honouring the Great War dead during the conflict and between 1919-1939 including memorials, the Great Silence and battlefield pilgrimages.

    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. 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

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