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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. The Kingdom of Benin & the Benin Bronzes
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Gabriel Olumide Apata
    Join Dr. Gabriel Apata to discover the history of the Kingdom of Benin, the Benin Bronzes and the controversy surrounding their repatriation.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  2. Philosophy reading group: Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 30 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl White
    Fear and Trembling is a moving, challenging and influential work of philosophy: short but powerful. This course will offer an introduction to the work of Kierkegaard, explanation of some of the book’s knottier passages and group discussion.



    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
  3. Women in Global history
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Qiuyang Chen
    Explore the roles, experiences, and contributions of women in global history. It will cover various time periods and regions to offer a comprehensive view of how women have shaped and been shaped by history.



    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. Sex, gender roles and sexuality in Ancient Israel
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    The role of ancient Israelite women has been at the forefront of discussions about gender and sexuality as the biblical stories have been formative in mapping out subsequent understanding of women’s sexuality. This course will explore gender roles and sexuality in ancient Israel through biblical stories and laws about women in ancient Israel. We will explore a range of texts from myths, to laws, love poetry and texts portraying graphic violence against women while asking questions about the implications of gender constructions for the status of women in ancient Israel.



    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
  5. How to get published
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Feb 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Neil Arksey
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £75.00
  6. From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe: the Revolution of Imperial Power
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Feb 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Gabriel Olumide Apata
    Join Dr. Gabriel Apata to discover the modern history of Zimbabwe. Why did the state of Rhodesia end, what were its consequences and what key events have taken place in Zimbabwe since then?



    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
  7. Oral history for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Feb 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Qiuyang Chen
    This course is all about learning how to collect and preserve people's stories as a way to understand history better. You'll learn the basics of setting up a project, conducting interviews, and making sure everything is done the right way.



    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
  8. Philosophy reading group: Nietzche's Twilight of the Idols
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Mar 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl White
    Twilight of the Idol is one of Nietzsche’s last texts. Subtitled ‘How to do Philosophy with a Hammer,’ he taps at traditions and dogmas to sound out its hollow gods.



    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
  9. Introduction to Marxist philosophy
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Mar 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Oliver Josiah
    This course is intended as an introduction to the philosophy of Karl Marx and later Marxists such as Vladimir Lenin, Eduard Bernstein, and Rosa Luxemburg.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
  10. Philosophy Reading Group: Aristotle's poetics
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 6 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anita Kasabova
    In the Poetics, Aristotle outlines his theory of poetry and drama. His views on Greek tragedy have marked literary studies to date. We discuss the main themes of the Poetics and consider its relevance today.



    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
  11. The French Revolution
    Course start date:  Wed 7 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Zoe Quinn
    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 £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
  12. Ways of reading: aspects of narrative theory
    Course start date:  Fri 16 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jenny Stevens
    What do we mean by ‘literary fiction’? What expectations do we bring to the novels we read? Do we really ‘escape’ when we enter fictional worlds? These are just some of the questions addressed in a course which focuses on the analysis of prose fiction. Reading texts as short as one-sentence ‘flash fiction’ to complete short stories, it engages with writing from a wide range of periods and authors, paying close attention to narrative techniques and their effects.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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