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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  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. 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

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