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. Contemporary American literature - Philip Roth

    Contemporary American literature

    Course Date: Thu 13 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how writers of the American literary scene voice the concerns of modern society, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Journey through Philip Roth's American trilogy novel, 'I Married a Communist', Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' and contemporary short fiction by Richard Ford and Nicole Krauss.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. An introduction to East Asian cinema

    Course Date: Fri 14 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore films and filmmakers in east Asian cinema since 1945, and consider the key movements and developments in the cinema of the region along with a range of critical responses to east Asian cinema.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. The end of globalisation?

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course explores several ideas present in globalisation studies - i.e. nationalist neo-liberalism (e.g.Trumpianism, Brexiteerism), post-national urbanism (e.g. networks of world cities), corporatist neo-liberalism, regionalism (e.g. ASEAN, EU) and potential emerging neo-empires (e.g. empires of affiliation in distinction to colonialism). Tutor: John Goff.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Digital journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Digital journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the dawn of online media outlets, there are more opportunities than ever before for writers to showcase their talent to the world. This day workshop guides students in successfully writing and pitching news and features to multiple digital channels.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Writing news and features: a taster

    Writing news and features: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fancy learning some journalism basics? This taster workshop introduces students to the fundamental skills every budding journalist needs. The course explores the language and structure of news and feature articles.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Ghetto uprising 1943: Jewish life and death in Warsaw

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    75 years ago, 220 young people, incarcerated in the Warsaw Ghetto, led an armed rebellion against the Nazis. This course tells the backstory of Warsaw's vibrant but increasingly endangered Jewish life in the decade before the uprising, describes the many forms of resistance, highlights key individuals, and reflects on a tragic but inspiring episode during the Holocaust.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Global political Islam

    Course Date: Thu 20 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Debates concerning Islam and its impact on global politics has come to dominate the contemporary political landscape. On this short interactive lecture course you will gain an understanding of the mindset upon which Islam and politics has been fused and its role in contemporary Islamic thought and movement. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Dickens’ novels London often takes on the force of a character. Augmented by visits (to the Dickens Museum and the Temple), we shall explore precisely how he expressed his endless fascination with the greatest 19th-century metropolis. NB. Course fees include the entrance fee to the Dickens' museum.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  9. Whores, saints and beauty queens: images of the Byzantine empress

    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this day course, you'll be introduced to a range of powerful women from Theodora the circus acrobat who had an affinity with geese to the beauty queen Irene who murdered her son to gain power and sainthood. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Plot your children's novel in two days

    Plot your children's novel in two days

    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You’re a writer with some experience and a great idea for a children’s novel, but plotting is the thing that lets you down. Spend two days in this interactive workshop, learning about structure and developing your idea into a compelling plot.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  11. How to write a novel synopsis

    How to write a novel synopsis

    Course Date: Sun 23 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day workshop teaches students how to write a synopsis of their completed manuscript, an essential requirement of submitting to agents and publishers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Why do we obey? The politics of obedience

    Course Date: Mon 24 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We groan against bosses, berate politicians, demonstrate against most aspects of the social system, and then

    humbly take our orders from above. Is obedience imprinted in our genes? How submissive must people be for society to function? In this short course we will discuss the politics of obedience – drawing on psychology, anthropology, history, and political philosophy. Tutor: Christian Michel.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. The double in cinema

    Course Date: Tue 25 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the double in cinema as revealing a personality split and acting as a metaphor of emotional conflict. Featured titles: The Man Who Haunted Himself, Black Swan, L’Amant Double, Dead Ringers, Another Earth, Vertigo.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. A taste of anthropology

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is anthropology all about? Explore the aspects different societies have in common and focus on some particular cultures and customs.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Film technique and style: visions of light

    Film technique and style: visions of light

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Behind the scenes, technique is the way meaning is created in films, where the director ends and the cinematographer or editor begins. Deep focus in Welles, the light in 'Oliver Twist' - all collaborating to influence narrative and audience response.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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