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.

You can also explore the full range of our Humanities Courses here.

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  1. Japanese Crime Literature
    Course Date:  Wed 12 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Japanese crime literature is reaching new audiences, with many classics being translated into English for the first time. This course explores a range of Japanese mysteries, detectives and their recurring themes, from ‘locked room’ classics to the dark side of human nature – with many murders along the way.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Beastly Writing in the modern age
    Course Date:  Fri 14 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Animals leap, crawl, hop, and gallop across the pages of modern fiction and poetry. 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 and Black Beauty 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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  3. Focus on: art and medicine
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From the Classical World to the Contemporary, what might the sick body in art tell us about cultural beliefs and what it means to be human?

    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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  4. Environment and Ecology in contemporary fiction
    Course Date:  Wed 19 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    As the ongoing climate crisis deepens and the impact of human activity on the natural world becomes increasingly stark, environment and ecology have become central concerns in contemporary culture and society. This course explores how recent fiction has responded to these concerns, focusing on three novels from the last decade. We will discuss themes including contemporary nature writing, environmental justice, and the future impact of climate change. Authors include Melissa Harrison, Jesmyn Ward and James Bradley.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Religions of India: what Jainism can teach us about peace and the environment
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Jain religion is non-theistic and believes in an everlasting soul and a material body. Its morality is based on non-violence and non-acquisition. The Jain aphorism ‘all life is interdependent’ is in tune with creating a peaceful and sustainable world.

    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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  6. 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
  7. 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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