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.

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  1. Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  2. Philosophy Reading Group
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Banks
    Descartes’ Discourse on Method, one of the foundational texts of modern philosophy, begins with the audacious claim that all minds could agree were they to apply the same rational method of thinking.







    Reading it together, we will assess this method and whether it leads us to share Descartes’ conclusions.



    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 £55.00 Concession £45.00
  3. Victorian networks: How trains and telegraphs shaped 19th century culture
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Harriet Thompson
    Ever wondered about the origins of our current networked culture and technology-saturated society? Taking a deep delve into the weird and wonderful world of Victorian technologies, this course considers how advancements in transport and communication produced new sensations and subjectivities in the nineteenth century. We will read texts by major authors like Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope alongside critical theorists like Sadie Plant and Donna Haraway to help us understand the impact of new technologies on human experiences.



    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
  4. The Portuguese Empire; establishment, world-making, demise and legacies
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ingrid Aguiar Schlindwein
    A journey through the rise and fall of the Portuguese Empire. Uncover pioneering navigation, understand colonial societies in Brazil, Africa, and Asia through their economies, culture, independence struggles, and legacies.



    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 £55.00 Concession £45.00
  5. Cyborg cultures: hybrid beings and monstrous identities
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katie Goss
    In this course students will be introduced to theories of posthumanism that suggest ways we can embrace ‘monstruous’ identities and ‘mutant’ forms of knowing. Through popular science fiction films and literary texts, we will contemplate the complex coming together and apart of bodies-minds-worlds in contemporary culture and explore experiences of hybridity and metamorphosis.



    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
  6. Global history for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    What is global history? How is it different from other ways of understanding history? This introductory course will give you a sense of what it means to study global history.



    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 £89.00 Concession £58.00
  7. Populism
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Francesca Granelli
    Populims nad radicalism is challening how politics looks and works in many places around the world. Join Dr. Granelli 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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  8. Picture book writing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Feb 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lou Kuenzler
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories; a starter course to develop both your ideas and your technique.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00
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  9. Ways into advanced literature: disruptors, transgressors and storytellers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Patricia Sweeney
    Explore the rewards of close reading analysis, focusing on fiction, drama and the literary essay. Read, analyse and debate works from the mid-twentieth century that challenged the status quo and entered into the debates of the time. Includes 'A Single Man' by Christopher Isherwood, 'A Delicate Balance' by Edward Albee and 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem' by Joan Didion.
    Full fee £99.00
  10. Magic in the ancient world
    Course start date:  Wed 29 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    How do you define magic and divination? Why has the Western world traditionally viewed magic as opposed to religion and science? These and other issues will be discussed in this thought-provoking course.



    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
  11. Reading images: exploring film studies
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cristina Massaccesi
    This comprehensive introductory course provides an overview of the main historical, technical and theoretical aspects of filmmaking and film analysis. In its exploration of aspects of film theory as it relates to film aesthetics and film history, the course develops certain ideas with rigour and depth.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  12. The African diaspora in Europe: Migration, community and resistance
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ingrid Aguiar Schlindwein
    This course explores African migration to Europe, community formation, and resistance, providing insights into the diverse experiences of the African diaspora in Europe since colonial times.



    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
  13. Cyprus and partition
    Course start date:  Wed 29 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Angelos Sepos
    Why is Cyprus divided? Why is Nicosia the last divided capital in the world? We delve into the island’s turmoil-ridden history to uncover the roots and dynamics of this long-standing conflict.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00
  14. Movements in art: Impressionism
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    Study the work of a controversial group of painters working in and around Paris from the late 1860s and 1870s and explore how these artists re-thought their creative practice in response to modern life.



    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 £55.00 Concession £45.00
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