History, culture & writing

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. In addition please take a look at our new range of one-off workshops and study days run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

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. Anthropology of art 1

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  2. Visual anthropology of film and photography

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    This introductory course will address the various relationships between anthropology and the visual image, and explore some of the key issues and debates associated with traditional and contemporary ethnographic photography and documentary film.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Afternoon cinema: current films and new releases

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be inspired by the best films of the year! This course coincides with the wave of new films released for Bafta/Oscar awards season, offering a weekly what's on, discussion and screenings to provide you with a definitive list of films to watch and enjoy.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Victorian Britain: 1868-1901

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore major developments in Later Victorian Britain. From the rise of mass consumer society, politics and culture to the changing position of women, the growing significance of the labour movement and the consequences of Empire.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Introduction to literature: drama

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss plays including 'Hamlet' by Shakespeare and 'Death of a Salesman' by Arthur Miller in terms of language, characterisation, ideas , structure and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  6. The great philosophers

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ideas of major philosophers from Plato to Wittgenstein. How does Western philosophy differ from religion and science? What problems have the great philosophers tried to solve?
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Classic drama

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read view and discuss three classic plays : Euripides 'The Trojan Women', 'Measure for Measure' by Shakespeare and 'The Duchess of Malfi' by John Webster in terms of themes, language,and social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Philosophy and psychoanalysis

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Visiting London theatre today

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    See a play every other week, mostly off West End and fringe theatre. Explore the playwright's work beforehand and analyse and discuss the production afterwards. Fee includes 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 16/1, 30/1, 13/2, 27/2 and 13/3.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £209.00

  10. Exploring London's museums: dinosaurs, mummies and Greek ruins

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the focus on London museums explore the history of museums, from Renaissance collectors to 21st century palaces of knowledge, looking at Egyptology, natural history, archaeological remains and much more. This is a classroom-based course with visits to London museums.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Transports of delight: London's railway stations

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London's stations see over 1 billion journeys annually, but the buildings themselves are often ignored. Explore a different station and environs each week, discovering the architecture, history, stories and future of these lifelines of London. The course starts with an initial classroom lecture at the City Lit followed by a series of walking tours .
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  12. Philosophy of space

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do science and philosophy understand space and matter? This course takes an interdisciplinary and historical look at the mysterious medium in which we live, starting at the Renaissance and concluding with Einstein's relativity.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. France since 1945

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Why do we continue to be fascinated by our nearest neighbour and why do so many Brits settle in France? We will discuss why the French replaced the Third Republic in 1945, through to the role of General de Gaulle in 1945; decolonization and its repercussions; France in the EU; and the presidential elections of 2017. Tutor: Pamela Pilbeam.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Joyce's toolkit

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Homer's Odyssey, Hamlet and selections from Joyce's Portrait of the Artist, considering the questioning and dissenting mind across ages. Satisfying on its own, this course will be excellent preparation for a study of Joyce's Ulysses.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. A history of London: 1845-1880

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will explore High Victorian London - its people, its outward growth and the growth of its economy. How did Londoners experience life in the centre and in the new suburbs?
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

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