History, culture & writing

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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.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators; many have published, teach in universities or share their expertise in the media. Tutors share their knowledge and passion through presentations, readings, interactive discussion and exercises, analysis, and other activities.

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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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. The US and China since 1971
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to learn more about how the US-Chinese relations will define politics globally and most countries in the world over the 21st century? Join Phd Fellow Maria Papageorgou in this course 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
  2. Detective reading: fictions, fakes and hoaxing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 9 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Wilkinson
    Take a deep dive into two distinctive novels from accomplished contemporary writers – Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World and Graeme Macrae Burnet’s Case Study. Each tells a compelling story about impersonation and identity, weaving multiple voices together and asking readers to decide who to believe. As we read these two novels we’ll explore their stories and themes, their techniques for inspiring trust and for casting doubt, and the challenges and pleasures of becoming a ‘detective reader’.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  3. An Introduction to the European Horror Film
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Explore European horror cinema from its origins in German Expressionism to contemporary cinemas, such as the 'new wave of French horror'. We will consider the ways in which European horror cinema both shares and 'reconfigures' the iconography of classical horror, and its tendency to stress surrealist, dreamlike qualities, all of which has encouraged a distinct set of styles and thematic concerns.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  4. The Bible between Old and New Testament
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    Discover the new ideas that emerged between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament. Examine the historical, sociological and religious background of a variety of texts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
  5. First poets of the Modern City: Baudelaire, Whitman, Laforgue and Eliot
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Laurie Smith
    We explore how Baudelaire, Whitman, Laforgue and Eliot were the first poets to express in detail both the exciting



    opportunities and the emotional and spiritual damage of life in the modern city. We will look in particular how Baudelaire’s



    poems and Laforgue’s translations of Whitman into French influenced Eliot’s early poetry, culminating in The Waste Land (1922).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00

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