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. The revolting French: 1815-1871

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Why France was so prone to upheavals between Napoleon’s escape from Elba in 1815 and the Paris Commune 1871?
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  2. Introduction to classical civilisation: from Mynos to Mycenae

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the origins of civilisation in the Aegean. This course coincides with a new exhibition on Troy at the British Museum. A visit to the galleries of the British Museum is included.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  3. The art of the sentence: grammar and style for creative writers

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  4. Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)

    Creative writing for learners with dyslexia (SpLD)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Want to have a go at creative writing in a supportive environment? This course is designed to help you tap into your creativity and find your unique writing voice. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience of creative writing who identify as having dyslexia.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. The Ottoman Empire and the Western Powers: politics, archaeology and the public imagination

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course covers the the Ottoman Empire and the Western Powers from the 18th to the early 20th century. An overview of the political history of the Ottoman Empire will provide the background to exploring the importance of archaeology in the construction of empire and nation in the Ottoman and Western public imagination.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. Being in the world: Heidegger's philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    “The being of 'being' is itself not a being”. Questioning the meaning of ‘Being’ lies at the root of Heidegger’s critique of the ‘crisis’ of Western culture that his philosophy sought to overcome.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. Confucianism in a nutshell

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    ‘If one learns from others but does not think, one will be bewildered. If, on the other hand, one thinks but does not learn from others, one will be in peril.’ Confucius, ‘Analects 2.15’.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Anthropology of art, ethnographic film and photography

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course aims to critically explore the role and symbolic meaning of art from a cross-cultural

    perspective, ranging from the concept of beauty, the beliefs and rituals associated with material objects, to the human body as canvas and the role of museums.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  9. Classic drama

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read view and discuss three classic plays, including Othello by Shakespeare, Uncle Vanya by Chekhov,

    Agamemnon from The Oresteia by Aeschylus in terms of themes, language, political, social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  10. Writing fantasy stories

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    In the quest to write fantasy fiction, the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. Whether you've spent the last eight years binge-watching Game of Thrones or favoured the Earthsea trilogy over revision text books in your teenage years, this fun short course offers the perfect introduction for those with a passion for writing fantasy stories.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Communism in the USSR: 1945-1991

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is an introduction to the history of the Soviet regime from the moment of its victory in the Second World War to its collapse in 1991.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £88.00

  12. Philosophy and psychoanalysis - Sigmund Freud

    Philosophy and psychoanalysis

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are human beings rational or irrational creatures? Can we be unconscious of some of our own beliefs, desires and intentions? Is there a scientific explanation of human suffering? This course compares philosophical and psychoanalytic answers to these questions.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  13. How to get published

    How to get published

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  14. Developing your novel

    Developing your novel

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you started work on your novel? This course is suitable for experienced creative writers who want to make progress with a novel draft. Learn more about the art of novel writing and move your project forward in a supportive workshop environment.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  15. Writing for magazines

    Writing for magazines

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

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