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. Eugenics at UCL: Petrie and Galton

    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The eugenic history of UCL in relation to the statistician Sir Francis Galton and the Egyptologist Sir Flinders Petrie. Eugenic objects housed in their respective collections. An update as to how UCL is currently confronting its eugenic past.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  2. German chancellors from Bismarck to Merkel

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on the personalities and policies of a number of important chancellors, this course introduces students to key aspects and agents of the governance of Germany over the past century and a half.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Introduction to Greek thought: From the Presocratics to Plato and Aristotle

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover some of the key ideas that shaped classical thought, and their ongoing relevance today.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. The myth, magic and mysticism of Kabbalah

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From its roots in Jewish mysticism, kabbalah has spread through Western culture, attracting everyone from magicians to alchemists to Madonna. We’ll explore the allure of kabbalah as we discuss its essential history, themes, and symbols.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Bad boys and sister acts: same sex friendship on the big screen

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun but informative day course is all about the big screen characters that put sisters before misters and pals before gals. The stories where brotherhood and sisterhood play a central role in the narrative arc, often to thought-provoking and heart-warming effect.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Create your first poetry collection

    Create your first poetry collection

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You've written and workshopped your poetry, and now you're ready to create your first collection. But where do you begin with that process? This day workshop offers instruction and advice on putting together your first poetry collection.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  8. The end of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Arab nationalism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive-lecture day course will trace the growth of Arab nationalism in the decaying Ottoman Empire and the formation of new Arab states in the aftermath of World War I: fascinating background to understanding contemporary events in the Middle East. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  9. Writing strong women (in celebration of International Women's Day)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate strong women on International Women's Day with this one-off session on how to create your own, powerful fictional females.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Pre-Colonial India: Trade Networks and Spices

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive introductory course focuses on India’s central place in the pre-colonial trade network. Through the history of the spice trade the course will explore the important position of India in global trade.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  11. A door to musicals in popular Indian cinema

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course will define how music has been pivotal to Indian cinema right from its inception. It will analyse key musical films and illustrate how the use of music and dance has evolved over time.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once upon a time there was a City Lit day workshop led by a romance author who loved fairytales. Her quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Indian philosophy in a nutshell

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 9 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From mysticism to materialism, Indian philosophy is as diverse as its European counterpart, covering a wide range of thought about the nature of reality and with a distinctive concern for human spiritual liberation.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. The legacy of Muslim Spain

    Course Date: Thu 12 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the key phases of Muslim Al-Andalus, covering its rise and fall. We will also examine the lasting impact of Muslim people and culture on Spain in its art, architecture, ideas and language as well as Christian and Jewish responses to the Muslim influence.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  15. Craft talks series: fiction writing and visual culture with Juliet Jacques

    Craft talks series: fiction writing and visual culture with Juliet Jacques

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 13 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Craft Talks Series invites experienced writers to share elements of their writing craft. Learn how they navigate the world of writing, from working with diverse subject matter, to honing writing techniques, to living the highs and lows of the writing life. There will be wisdom, practical exercises, and an opportunity to hear these writers read from their work and answer your questions. Check back for details of our first Craft Talk writer soon!
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

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