History, culture & writing

Explore History, Culture & Writing

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. American political institutions
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Malcomson
    This four-week interactive lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewing its structure and constituent parts.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
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  2. Ways into creative writing: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Feb 2023 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try on one of these fun and supportive short courses covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  3. Crimes and misdemeanors: crimes that rocked the capital
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Eleanor Jackson
    Royal scandals, fraud, hoaxes & crime, this city has always had a darker underbelly. This course looks at some of the events that shocked and shaped the city.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. How to write a novel
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Thomas McMullan
    This course deals with all aspects of novel writing technique and prose style. Ideal for fiction writers about to begin a novel or those with a novel at early draft stage.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
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  5. The history of the Democratic Republic of Congo: a brief introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    Not ‘primitive’ and ‘chaotic’ as argued in 20th century Europe, the history of the Congo Basin, or most of the area we today know as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is both rich and central to understand Central Africa. Join us for a brief introduction.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £25.00
  6. Understanding Greek politics
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Zannis Kairis
    Greece’s recent political history is filled with significant events: a dictatorship, significant referenda, a default, membership of (and possibility of withdrawal from) institutions such as the EU, the eurozone, and NATO. As such, this course treats it as an exciting political lab from which we can draw conclusions that find application in a plethora of other countries/contexts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £25.00
  7. Greek and Roman archaeology: an introduction
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anke Marsh
    Introduce yourself to the archaeology of the ancient world, from the palaces of the Minoans and Mycenaeans to the Roman Forum.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00
  8. Imperial history reading group
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 4 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Building on the reading group Imperial history reading Groupin term 2 (HWH77), this reading group will also focus on how people challenged slavery and colonialism in their political tracts and autobiographies and the ways have they come to symbolize independence in the post-colonial era.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £25.00
  9. Travel writing: a taster
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 25 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Susan Grossman
    You love travelling and taking photos but how do you decide what to write about and which pictures will sell? This course will help you focus, and give you the skills you need to approach editors with confidence.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  10. All that Jazz: American Beat writing
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 1 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Woody River
    This course explores the excitement and innovation of the Beat Generation writers who emerged in the 1950s. We will examine their sources of inspiration while exploring their lives and the culture in which they lived. We will also consider their legacy and how their work and lifestyles shaped what was to come.



    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  11. Copies & copyists in antiquity: art, beauty and misunderstanding
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the often-overlooked world of ancient copies and copyists, how their work helped to save art treasures for the future and how it impacts on our modern perception of the Ancient World.



    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
  12. Writing the personal: autobiographical theatre
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Brian Mullin
    Learn how to select and shape your own life experiences into a dynamic text for live performance on this supportive online course. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  13. Greek myths: ancient truths, modern mystery
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Maria Contos
    Myth permeated all aspects of ancient society and much the same can be said today. Investigate the relevance and perseverance of the Greek myth and why these tales continue to fascinate.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  14. China in the global economy
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Zannis Kairis
    China is projected to become the world’s largest economy within this decade. This course dissects the causes of its continuously high growth, considers potential stumbling blocks, and explores its implications for China and the world.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £25.00

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