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. 'Dominance, Decline and Discovery': a social, economic and cultural history of rural Britain, 1815-1914

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course traces the varying fortunes, diversity and changing significance of 19th century rural Britain alongside the problems, prospects, life and leisure of those which it supported – from the country house to the work house.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  2. Proust Vol 2: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Proust’s masterpiece comes to life with supportive resources and invigorated discussion. Through close reading of the second volume, we are immersed in the life of this most introspective narrator in the modernist classic.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  3. France in revolution: 1789-1799

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. Asia in world history

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Over five classes, this course will centre Asia and the peoples and states of Asia within its own global history.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. Introduction to philosophy

    Introduction to philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This problem-based introduction to philosophy explores key themes of modern philosophy, including truth, knowledge, ultimate reality and the mind-body problem.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £101.00

  6. Afternoon cinema: Alfred Hitchcock & Christopher Nolan - are you watching closely?

    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: is Christopher Nolan is a modern day Hitchcock? Expect dreams, obsessions, and unreliable narrators in Memento, Vertigo, The Prestige, The Lodger, Inception, and Blackmail. Also, a weekly ‘what’s on’ and the latest film gossip.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  7. The Ottoman Empire

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Ottoman empire lasted from 1300 right through to 1918. We will study the rise and fall of the empire.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  8. 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

  9. 1919: The peace conferences, the remodeling of Europe and its consequences

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    By shifting borders, creating new countries, and blaming the vanquished, the peace treaties (1919-23) modified dramatically the map and balance of power in Europe and the Middle East, with consequences that are still felt today. Course tutor: Sebastien Ardouin. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  10. Alchemy as philosophy

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Meet the alchemists, astrologers, Cabbalists proto-philosophers and almost-scientists of the 16th century. On this course you will read their own words and explore their cultural and historical context.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  11. London society and space : from the Gordon Riots to fin de siecle

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examining London’s social history and built environment, from the destruction and chaos of the 1780 Gordon Riots to the dark, dangerous glamour and political turbulence of the 1890s.

    There will be one field-walk lasting approximately 2 hours on Saturday 12 October, meeting at 11am in Lower Regent Street (under the Duke of York column, Waterloo Place).
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  12. Visiting London theatre today

    Visiting London theatre today

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    See a play every other week, mostly off West End and fringe theatre. You will explore the playwright's work beforehand and analyse and discuss the production afterwards. Fee includes a contribution towards theatre tickets. The first session is at City Lit. If you miss this session please contact Humanities on 020 7492 2652. Visits on

    24 September, 8 October, 29October and12 and 26 November. No class on 22 October.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £223.00

  13. Introduction to political philosophy

    Introduction to political philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What are the ends and means of politics? Interweaving modern history and politics with key philosophical texts, study and debate the ideas, ideologies and concepts underpinning our thinking about the organisation of society.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Introduction to ethics

    Introduction to moral philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    What’s the right thing to do? But what does ‘right’ actually mean? And what reason do I have to do it? Join us as we grapple with these fundamental questions. No class on Tues 23rd October.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £88.00

  15. Atlantic Revolutions: 1775-1850

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Atlantic revolution or rebellion? How did the American Revolution impact on revolutions in Europe, France in 1789, and then most of Europe and South America to 1850? Was there an interlinked Atlantic Revolution, or a number of separate events? How were revolts elsewhere viewed in the USA? Tutor: Pamela Pilbeam.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

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