History, Culture & Writing Courses in London

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studies, creative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others.

Want to speak to a member of the Humanities Team to find out more about our courses? Call us on 020 7492 2652 or email us on humanities@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics: a continuation course

    Course Date: Mon 1 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This five-week course builds on the knowledge of hieroglyphics acquired during the introductory course at the British Museum.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Powerful women of the cinema: five actors who redefined screen acting

    Course Date: Mon 1 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will combine biography with dazzling film clips of five international actresses who reconceived screen acting in their times, creating powerful personae that have shaped screen history to this day.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  3. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 15 Jul 2019 (and 13 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive atmosphere? Join this introductory course. Guided exercises will give you the tools to explore language creatively and find your own writing voice.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Film at the BFI: Cary Grant, Hollywood's Leading Man

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 6 Aug 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Cary Grant was the very epitome of a movie star – excelling at action, comedy and romance until his screen persona was changed forever by Hitchcock, who pushed him to a new and darker level. This eight-week evening course, led by John Wischmeyer, will explore the background, career, talent and legacy of one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  5. History to Hipsters

    New
    Course Date: Mon 9 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the history and changing fortunes of these areas now considered to be trendy London hotspots. Shoreditch, Dalston, Bermondsey, Peckham, Brixton, Walthamstow, Stoke Newington, Deptford and Hackney all feature.

    London guuide: Diane Burstein. The initial lecture will be held at the City Lit.

    London guide: Diane Burstein.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. London at war

    New
    Course Date: Tue 10 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. It's buildings, monuments and even street names reflect our embattled past. These walks examine London's wartime legacy from mediaeval fortifications to the War on Terror.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First session will be a lecture at the City Lit.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. The men who built London

    New
    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London was shaped by its architects, engineers, bricklayers, navies etc. Our lecture and walks examine London’s buildings and the men (and women) who worked throughout history to create this eclectic and wonderful city.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First session at City Lit, Keeley Street.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  8. City of words: London's literary landscape

    New
    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens' dramas and Wilde's witticisms. After an introductory lecture we walk a different London neighbourhood each week exploring its literary connections. Initial lecture is at the at City Lit. This is followed by 8 walks.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  9. France in revolution: 1789-1799

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1789 ordinary French people successfully rebelled against the absolute monarchy and privileged nobility. Find out

    how the struggle over the social and political system which would replace the Ancien Regime would divide both France and Europe. Tutor: Zoe Quinn.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  10. The Stalin Regime: 1928-1941

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is an introduction to the history of the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union between 1928 and 1941. Students will learn about key events during the Stalin years and how historians approach them.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  11. Beginners' anthropology

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course gives you the basic tools for an elementary understanding of anthropology. We will identify methods and areas of concern that distinguish it from sociology, history and other disciplines.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  12. Asia in world history

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Over five classes, this course will centre Asia and the peoples and states of Asia within its own global history.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. Modern Irish and British drama

    New
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss some key drama texts from the last 50 years in terms of theme, character, language and as performance texts. Plays studied will include 'Betrayal' by Harold Pinter, Top Girls by Caryl Churchill and Translations by Brian Friel.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. London: 1945-1965

    New
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the rebuilding of post war London through and the impact the creation of the Welfare State had on Londoners.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Refugee politics

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Forced migration comprises one of the most contentious issues in UK politics today. As contemporary political discourse continues to centre around migration, this module provides an opportunity to unpack the politics of refugee crises and resettlement.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

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