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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.

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We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Spanish Art 1937-2000: propaganda, censorship and memory
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mark Stuart-Smith
    Explore the development of Spanish art from Picasso’s 1937 'Guernica' to the installations of Juan Muñoz in the 1980s and 1990s. We will focus on key episodes highlighting General Franco’s impact on Spanish art 1936-2000.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  2. Understanding the modern world
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christopher Horner
    Explore the ideas of four key thinkers whose ideas have vitally shaped our world. Examine their views on morality, meaning, the role and status of women, human nature, political and economic injustice and much more.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £95.00
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  3. Modern political philosophy: ideas and ideologies in the 21st century
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christopher Horner
    What are the key philosophical ideas behind the issues and debates of today? This is an opportunity to explore in more depth the concepts and ideologies that are shaping the politics of the 21st century.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £95.00
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  4. Imperial Germany between tradition and modernity (1871-1919)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rudolf Muhs
    The course offers a broad survey of the political, social and economic history of Imperial Germany from Unification in 1871 to the Revolution at the end of the First World War in 1918.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
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  5. Starting your novel: intensive
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Leipciger
    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive, intensive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. For fiction writers with some experience, and for those comfortable working at a fast pace.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
  6. Japanese imperialism
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dale Mineshima-Lowe
    Perhaps you are familiar with the history of the British empire. What about that of Japan? Join us to learn more.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
  7. Seeking the Dream: introduction to 20th century American literature
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Woody River
    This course explores the diversity and musicality of American literature, and its role in shaping our perception of the American Dream. Drawing on a range of texts including poetry, short stories, novels, speeches and historical documents, this course follows the development of 20th and 21st century American literature from the poetry of Amy Lowell in the early 20th century to the post 9/11 literature of Cormac McCarthy. You will look at how historical events, geographical locations and complex social issues have inspired and shaped American literature.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  8. Anthropology: language, culture, communication
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Max Carocci
    Explore the different ways in which humans communicate socially via culture. The course's thematic approach covers topics such as language, art, and social relations.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £95.00
  9. Slavery and the Civil War: The United States from 1815 to 1865
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dafydd Townley
    This online course will look at American history from 1815 to 1865. Much of the course will focus on how regional divisions developed, how the topic of slavery divided the nation, and how that ultimately culminated in The Civil War. However, we will also look at other political, economic, social, and cultural developments during that half century.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
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  10. World War 2: collaboration and resistance across the globe
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Spyridon Tsoutsoumpis
    The courses explores the origins, articulations and legacies of resistance and collaboration during the Second World War in a global perspective.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
  11. The Persian Wars
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sean Gabb
    The Greeks are perhaps the exceptional people of the Ancient World. They were not saints: they were at least as willing as anyone else to engage in aggressive wars, enslavement, and sometimes human sacrifice. At the same time, working without any strong outside inspiration, they provided at least the foundations for the science, mathematics, philosophy, art and secular literature of later peoples.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  12. Writing about food
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Laura Silverman
    Love food and want to write about it? Whether you’re keen to review dishes, interview chefs or write about sustainable eating, now is your chance. This course will cover writing for established publications as well as personal blogs.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £90.00
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  13. Developing your writing for children
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sophie McKenzie
    Develop your children's story with support from classmates and tutor. This course follows on from 'Writing for children'. New students with a keen interest in the subject are welcome.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £90.00
  14. Japan after the Second World war
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dale Mineshima-Lowe
    This introductory short course will examine some of the key issues in the building of Japan in the post-World War II period through the turn of the century Examination will be of the political, social and economic spheres of Japan’s post-war reform and reconstruction, recovery and rise, and stagnation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
  15. The emergence of modern America: the United States from 1865 to 1900
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dafydd Townley
    In this follow-up course to “Slavery and the Civil War” we will discuss the next phase of American history, covering the years from 1865 to 1900.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00

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