History, culture & writing

History, Culture & Writing

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studiescreative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Understanding the modern world
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the ideas of four key thinkers whose ideas have vitally shaped our world. Examine their views on morality, meaning, the role and status of women, human nature, political and economic injustice and much more.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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    91% of 100
  2. Japanese philosophy
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Japanese philosophy extends well beyond Zen, with several philosophical traditions including that of the modern Kyoto School. Developing distinct cultural, aesthetic and political concepts, Japanese philosophers offer a rich field of thought.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  3. Philosophy and the meaning of life
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Some philosophers have insisted that philosophy should explain the meaning of our existence. What does it mean for us to be? And how then should we live? This course examines some seriously philosophical answers.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £140.00
  4. The Emergence of Barbarian Europe, 250-800 AD
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In 400 AD, the Roman Empire covered roughly the same area as it had in 100 AD. By 500 AD, all the Western Provinces of the Empire had been overrun by barbarians. Britain had vanished into a long darkness. Rome itself was ruled by a barbarian king. Over the next few centuries, there would be a fusion of Roman and barbarian culture, mediated and often imposed by the Roman Catholic Church. From this fusion, all the modern nation states of Western Europe date their emergence.

    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 £135.00 Concession £103.00
  5. Art of ancient Central Asia
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover the establishment and the development of Islamic art in Central Asia.

    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 £36.00
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  6. Narrative comedy: writing for TV in the online age
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Award-winning shows like Fleabag, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and People Just Do Nothing have changed the face of comedy. Add streaming services – where This Country began – and the opportunities to develop narrative comedy are multitude. This course led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, explains how to identify your outlets and modify your projects accordingly.

    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 £28.00
  7. A taste of poetry
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for two evenings of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.

    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 £28.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  8. The American Civil War
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    It was America’s bloodiest clash – pitting friend and family against one another, and resulted in the death of more than 620,000, with millions more injured over the four years (1861 – 1865).

    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 £45.00
  9. Writing fiction
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Lovers of fiction can develop their creative writing skills on this practical intermediate course. You'll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing craft such as character and structure, and unlock your imagination to produce compelling prose. Suitable for those with some creative writing experience.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
    Rating:
    86% of 100
  10. Living and dying in 14th Century England
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Was it a poker or prayer that killed Edward II? His great-grandson, Richard II, produced the first English cookery book and yet he was also deposed and murdered. Were his recipes that bad?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £70.00
  11. Developing your creative writing
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This supportive intermediate course for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice. This course welcomes those interested in writing poetry and prose.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
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  12. Rising Powers: Brazil
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Brazil's rise has been impressive but seems to have stalled. What are the factors the country’s growing presence and the challenges Latin America's leading power faces in its endeavour to achieve its international ambitions?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £35.00
  13. Advanced autobiographical writing
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A supportive workshop for more experienced writers of autobiography (including fictionalised work or poetry). Close attention to your work, exploration of techniques and discussion of relevant issues. Suitable for students who have an ongoing project and may have attended autobiographical writing courses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £88.00
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  14. Poetry workshop: intensive
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Want to have your poems critiqued in a supportive environment? This intensive poetry workshop focuses on offering feedback to poets who have already written a selection of poems and are looking to push their writing further.

    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 £52.00
  15. Civil disobedience and protest in 1960s America
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course is a broad history that examines the objectives, methods and impact of protest groups in 1960s America, assessing their effect on American society, politics and culture, both then and now.

    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 £103.00 Concession £57.00

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