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. 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. Migration and the Literary Imagination
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course explores literature that has emerged from the colonial and postcolonial migration of people from different cultures to Britain and the US. We will be discussing how literature provides a creative space for reflecting on experiences of migration, how fiction attends to legacies of colonialism, racism and xenophobia and how ‘migrant aesthetics’ have created new transcultural forms of literature.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  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. The Contemporary African Novel
    Course Date:  Mon 7 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course examines a selection of African novels from the late 20th to the early 21st century and some of the concepts, issues and ideas that inform them. In works from Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana, we will explore how gender, sexuality, class, and race are portrayed in the contemporary context and how these depictions are influenced by past understandings from these respective countries. Authors include Buchi Emecheta, J.M. Coetzee and Yaa Gyasi.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00

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