Culture, history & humanities

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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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  1. A cultural history of politicians
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Christian Schnee
    What is a politician? How do they operate, which objectives do they pursue, what are the values they embrace and the dynamics they respond to? Join Dr. Christian Schnee to explore these questions!
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  2. What is Social Anthropology: The birth of the discipline 19th-20th Century
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Yasmin Hales
    This ‘What is Social Anthropology?’ course, will introduce you to the 19thC birth of the discipline, an understanding of cross-cultural human behaviour and the similarities and differences between societies on a global and local level.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  3. Latin America: From the independence wars to the mid-20th century
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    (Re)discover the troubled but exciting history of Latin America from the emergence of new countries to the political and socio-economic consequences of their integration into the world economy and of the Great Depression.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  4. The men who built London
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Eleanor Jackson
    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 lecture will be delivered via zoom followed by 8 guided walks.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  5. City of words: London's literary landscape
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Eleanor Jackson
    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 (via zoom) we walk a different London neighbourhood each week exploring its literary connections. Initial lecture is on zoom . This is followed by 7 guided walks.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  6. Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  7. Japan at the pictures
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jean-Baptiste de Vaulx
    This course will introduce you to the cinema of Japan, one of the world’s most important national cinemas. It will introduce you to films by major Japanese directors, such as Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi and Kitano. It will also explore the aesthetics of these films, situating them within their broader historical, cultural, critical and industrial contexts. It will also look at the functioning of genre and the peculiarities of the star system within Japanese filmmaking.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  8. Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  9. Colonial America 1492-1776
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dafydd Townley
    On this interactive lecture introductory course we will explore the political, social, and cultural development of colonial America in the period 1492-1776.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  10. The Stalin Regime: 1928-1941
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nick Morgan
    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  11. Medieval England & Europe: England and the Continent in the Age of Bede
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Bloomfield
    This interactive lecture-based course examines the changes and achievements across England and Europe during the earlier medieval period. We consider the cultural, political, and religious environment in which was changing during the time of Bede. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  12. Everyday Life in the Middle Ages 1200-1600
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    We look at the history of everyday objects such as forks and spectacles and pastimes including playing cards, and swimming.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  13. City Lit evening reading group
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Claire Allen
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary literary fiction in paperback) and having read The Queen of Dirt Island by Donal Ryan. Monthly meetings on 23 Sept, 21 Oct, 25 Nov; 13 Jan, 17 Feb, 17 March, 12 May, 9 June, and 7 July.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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