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. How to read a film

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through the analysis of images and clips from films of different eras and countries you will learn how different film elements – cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing, sound design, and performance – combine to create meaning in movies.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. Philosophy for the guilty

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    What can philosophy offer us once we have transgressed, fallen or sinned? You could say that philosophy only truly comes alive to us once we have betrayed our own values. Only then are we ready for philosophy's interrogation.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. Refugee politics

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Forced migration comprises one of the most contentious issues in UK politics today. As contemporary political discourse continues to centre around migration, this module provides an opportunity to unpack the politics of refugee crises and resettlement.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  4. Economics: myths, metaphors and markets

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We are all economic actors. We work, we consume, we save… The course, designed for total beginners in economics, will look through the myths that surround economic activity and the metaphors, the received images, which shape how we think about this issue. Let’s try to better understand what is happening on the markets for labour, for goods and services, in this country and globally. No maths, no jargon. Tutor: Christian Michel.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. The Iranian Revolution

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will delve into the causes, trajectory, nature and impact of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, thus illuminating how the Islamic Republic came to be established.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. Anglo-French relations during the Hitler years

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will explore how Britain and France reacted to the rise of Hitler and how the Nazi dictatorship led to strife between former allies, but eventual partnership and triumph. Note : NO CLASS ON 23RD OCTOBER, 2019.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  7. At home with the Early English

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture-based course which investigates some of the communities who settled in Britain from the 4th century, the Age of Migration. . Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  8. Contemporary American writing by women

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The American canon is dominated by white, male writers. In this course, we seek to rectify this by exploring the work of women from all backgrounds working across disciplines. Authors include Joan Didion, Alice Walker, Amy Tan and Siri Hustvedt.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  9. Fiction narratives: how symbols reach our deepest feelings

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes some stories more memorable than others so that, once we’ve read them, we never forget them? We explore how some stories are more powerful and memorable than others because they use symbols which reach directly to our deepest desires and fears.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  10. Nation-building: expansion, development and prosperity in America from 1818 - 1859

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will cover the dynamic period of American history – where the nation is growing and expanding in terms of territory, population and influence. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  11. The making of the UK 1603-1801: union of crowns, civil wars and interregnum

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    This course explores relationships between Scotland, England, and Ireland from 1603 to 1660, examining the major events, ideas, and people who contributed to the making of the modern United Kingdom.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Colonial America: European settlement 1560-1815

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course explores European settlement (British, French, Spanish, Russian, Swedish) of North America. It examines the differences between English colonies; the American Revolution; the formation of the United States; and the War of 1812. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  13. British Literature 1900-1950: Travellers' Tales

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the ways in which British writers such as Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood used ‘travellers’ tales’ to explore themes of identity, history, creativity and transgression in the first half of the twentieth century.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  14. Myths and classics retold: from Jean Rhys to Colm Toibin

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will read reworkings of canonical myths and classics including Colm Toibin's House of Names (the Oresteia), Christa Wolf's Cassandra, Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls (The Iliad), John Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius (Hamlet) and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea (Jane Eyre).
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Spatial languages: exploring symmetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Symmetry lies close to the heart of art, design, science and nature. This introductory level course embeds the abstract study of this subject in the arts and sciences, providing an accessible taste of modern mathematics.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

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