History, Culture & Writing Courses in London

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 studies, creative 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.

Want to speak to a member of the Humanities Team to find out more about our courses? Call us on 020 7492 2652 or email us on humanities@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. London at war

    Course Date: Tue 10 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. It's buildings, monuments and even street names reflect our embattled past. These walks examine London's wartime legacy from mediaeval fortifications to the War on Terror.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First session will be a lecture at the City Lit.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  2. The City of London: the square mile

    Course Date: Wed 11 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts. Initial lecture at City Lit. Entrance fees not included.

    London guide: Paul Sinclair. Initial lecture at City Lit. Entrance fees not included

    London guide: Paul Sinclair.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £92.00

  3. The men who built London

    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 session at City Lit, Keeley Street.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  4. City of words: London's literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 we walk a different London neighbourhood each week exploring its literary connections. Initial lecture is at the at City Lit. This is followed by 8 walks.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  5. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out how to go about understanding a poem or how to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and join us to discover what makes a literature class at City Lit so special.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  6. Film taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to evaluate and discuss films while enjoying a real-time working example of a City Lit film class. This taster offers you the chance to explore the value and impact of film study.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  7. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  8. A taste of anthropology

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is anthropology all about? Find out on this introductory course. Look at the aspects different societies have in common and focus on some particular cultures and customs.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  9. Introduction to anthropology: key concepts, theories and debates

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore the key principles and methods of anthropology. A cross-cultural study of different human societies and world views, with a focus on how culture and society shape the behaviour of diverse human groups.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  10. Chinese philosophy in a nutshell

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There is great richness of thinking in Chinese Philosophy. From the nature of nature to the human condition, Chinese thinkers offer much to ponder.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Hitchcock and Christopher Nolan: are you watching closely?

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Compare two British directors (Hitchcock/Nolan) who found fame and fortune in Hollywood and consider if Christopher Nolan is a modern day Hitchcock. Expect dreams, obsessions, unreliable narrators and Macguffins in Memento, Vertigo,The Prestige, The Wrong Man, Inception, Suspicion, The Dark Knight, Lifeboat and Dunkirk. Are you watching closely?
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £96.00

  12. Modern Irish and British drama

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss some key drama texts from the last 50 years in terms of theme, character, language and as performance texts. Plays studied will include 'Betrayal' by Harold Pinter, Top Girls by Caryl Churchill and Translations by Brian Friel.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Ways into advanced literary study

    Ways into advanced literary study

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson, from Charles Dickens to Ibsen, Henry James and Virginia Wolf, this course will enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, developing the rigour and skills of reading and writing that belong to a higher level of study. Includes three Saturdays.
    Full fee: £439.00
    Senior fee: £439.00
    Concession: £220.00

  14. Beginners' anthropology

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course gives you the basic tools for an elementary understanding of anthropology. We will identify methods and areas of concern that distinguish it from sociology, history and other disciplines.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  15. Phenomenology: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Phenomenology, one of the most influential approaches in contemporary philosophy, asks: how do we constitute experienced reality? Following Husserl and Heidegger, phenomenologists try to understand what it means, if anything, to be in the world.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

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