Religion & belief

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.

Courses available both in-person and online

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.

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 Bible and the big questions
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew Grey
    Explore key biblical passages which inform some of the big moral and theological questions and learn principles in biblical interpretation for addressing these questions.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  2. The story of Christianity: history, beliefs, practices
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beatrice Keyte
    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.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  3. The meaning of light: symbolism and religious objects in world faiths
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Marilyn Greene
    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
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  4. Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    This study day will examine the question of the association of women with magic and witchcraft.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  5. Introduction to Islam: historical emergence, current issues
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Farid Panjwani
    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 £38.00
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  6. Christmas unwrapped: an exploration of the story, imagery, carols and traditions of Christmas
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beatrice Keyte
    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.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £19.00
  7. Faith and the female image
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Marilyn Greene
    Explore the V&A’s collections and see how Biblical figures, the Virgin Mary, female saints and Hindu and Buddhist deities have been depicted in various periods and cultures and learn about their importance and symbolism.



    NB: This course will take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.



    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 £19.00 Concession £19.00
  8. Miriam the prophetess, Ruth the migrant and Queen Esther: stories and afterlives of biblical women
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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