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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We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

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  1. In the footsteps of London's rebels
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Rosenberg
    Explore London's places of protest and discover the stories of radicals, agitators and campaigners who fought for social justice, equal rights and better lives for all from the 1830s to the 1930s.



    The first session will be in the classroom at Keeley Street followed by 11 guided walks.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £188.00
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  2. Europe in the 1920s: between democracy and authoritarianism
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    Throughout the 1920s, Europe struggled with political and economic (re)construction and stabilisation. If some progress was made in part of the continent, wartime promises of a better and democratic Europe were shattered by the Great Depression.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £188.00
  3. The Great (European) Powers and the Ottoman Empire: the Eastern Question, 1768-1914
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    The decline of the Ottoman Empire shaped the relations with and between the Great Powers, giving birth to new countries and spheres of influence, the legacy of which is still felt to this day.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £188.00
  4. Europe 1848 to 1919
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Appleby
    This course examines how Europe was reshaped between the revolutions of 1848 and the outbreak of the First World War. Nationalism became a powerful force, transforming the continent, alongside movements towards liberal



    democracy and socialism .
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £188.00
  5. Rebels, Parliament: England in the 13th Century
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    The thirteenth century saw immense socio-political and economic change with the rise of towns, conflict between king and parliament, and the advent of the mendicant orders, the Dominicans and Franciscans, offering a new form of spirituality.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £188.00
  6. Philosophy and literature: from existentialism to (post)modernism
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Barrie Selwyn
    Literature provides a very effective springboard into the understanding of the developing notions of selfhood and human nature in the history of ideas and philosophy sharpens our understanding of literature within the broader context of this history.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  7. Starting your novel (a fortnightly course)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Got a great idea for a novel? Jump start your project in this supportive course that covers craft basics such as character and plot. Ideal for writers of fiction with some experience who have an idea for a novel.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £269.00 Concession £135.00
  8. Rising powers: India, from Nehru to Modi
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    Within a few decades, India has become a key global actor. What explains this rise and what does it mean for the “world’s largest democracy” 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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
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