Contemporary Culture Courses in London

Explore contemporary culture today through City Lit's diverse range of short and long courses in Literature , Film studies , Art history , Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Our short and long courses are available online daytime, evening and weekend. With courses such as ‘Understanding contemporary art: ideas and origins’, ‘Contemporary British Filmmakers: new visions, emerging voices’ and ‘Understanding the modern world’, our programme puts the ‘human’ in the humanities, inviting you to join a community of learners exploring culture in our times.

Our students can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the BFI, the British Museum and many of London’s art galleries.

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  1. Self-publishing: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 26 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to publish your own novel, poetry / short story collection, memoir or non-fiction book? Self-publishing allows you to keep full creative control of your project. But how do you give your book the best chance of achieving high sales and what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course offers students introductory information on the world of self-publishing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  2. Writing eco-poetry: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 26 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    How might poets write about the natural world in 2021 and beyond and what is an eco-poem?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  3. Climate Change Fiction: From Ian McEwan to Margaret Atwood
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 4 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is the role of fiction in an age of climate change? Join us over two Sunday morning classes to explore this question through writers including Ian McEwan, Barbara Kingsolver, Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood and more.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  4. Philosophy of art
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Why do we value art? For the pleasure it gives us, the emotion it expresses, its truthfulness, its form? In this introduction to the philosophy of art we will consider various approaches to these questions and others.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
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  5. Animals in 20th and 21st century fiction
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Why do authors write about animals? What effect does it have on us as readers when we encounter animals in novels and short stories? From Beatrix Potter to the contemporary novel, this course explores the role of the animal in modern literature. Themes that we will think about together include: animal suffering, animals in depictions of childhood, and animal transformations and dehumanisation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  6. Introduction to Graphic Novels
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In 2018, Nick Drnaso’s graphic novel Sabrina was long listed for the Man Booker Prize leading to renewed discussion about the graphic novel and its relationship to the novel form. In this course, we will discuss how graphic novels, or ‘narratives of sequential art’, have developed into a literary and cultural form over the latter half of the twentieth century and into the current day.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  7. Reading Images: an introduction to film
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your critical understanding of cinema through a range of themes and concepts in the study of film and explore film history through its key moments of development.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  8. Women's prize for fiction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 24 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most popular, contentious and highly contended literary prizes in Britain. In this short course we will read and discuss past and current winners, texts by the 2021 judges, consider the merits and drawbacks of the prize, and perhaps predict the next winner!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  9. A Psychoanalytical approach to Film: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 1 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introduction to psychoanalysis for film interpretation, applying key Freudian concepts to explore celebrated works by international directors: Peter Jackson, Lars von Trier, Lynne Ramsay, Alfred Hitchcock, Gaspar Noé, and Luis Buñuel. Psychoanalytic themes will be identified in cinema, engendering a more enriched viewing experience.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  10. Aspects of European Cinema
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 7 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course introduces you to a range of themes in European cinema, including art cinema, authorship, national cinema, movements and new waves, popular cinema, and genre, while also exploring key developments in European film history and a range of critical responses to European cinema.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  11. David Lynch on the lost highway to Hollywood
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 15 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In 1977 the film world changed with Eraserhead, the feature debut of David Lynch. His films are fascinating in their ability to create imaginary worlds that bear a superficial resemblance to reality, leading viewers through a labyrinth of twisted tales and unlikely small American towns. These landscapes are painted with shiny colours along a lost highway, illuminated by headlights racing into an endless night, where David Lynch movies echo earlier Hollywood classics.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  12. A Psychoanalytic investigation of the Joker
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 15 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Exploring iconic representations of The Joker in film and TV, showcasing the pathology of a Supervillain who weaponises comedy, inspires delinquency, and claims unreliable accounts of a traumatic personal history. Reference will be made to texts by Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Albert Camus, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  13. Focus on: Grayson Perry
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Grayson Perry: ceramicist, curator (The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman), designer of tapestries (The Vanity of Small Differences), dress designer, graphic novelist, social commentator, collector, and 2003 Turner Prize winner. Discover the wit and consummate craft of this fascinating artist.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  14. Focus on: David Hockney
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 10 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In 2011 David Hockney was voted most influential British artist of all time in a poll of over 1000 artists. Explore how Hockney’s career as painter, photographer and writer has evolved over six decades.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  15. The Wind in Film
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    We will go on a journey exploring a variety of cinematic expressions of wind in film: From silent cinema, disaster films, to nature documentaries, surrealist and art house films: Including Joris Ivens, Jean Epstein, Victor Sjostrom, and Bela Tarr. We will consider filmmaking techniques to express and render visible this invisible force through editing, soundtrack, and camera shots.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00

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