Weird and wonderful courses

Weird and wonderful at City Lit brings you a collection of fabulous, fascinating and unusual courses that you may never have thought about studying.

From writing fairytales to chakra balancing and witchcraft to comic book art, embrace the unusual to find your niche or unlock a secret talent.

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  1. From Aesop to Achebe: explore philosophy through stories

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Philosophical thinking is triggered when we feel that the story we have isn’t enough. Philosophy is the desire to find other stories. This course looks at the questions we might ask about a story and the questions a story makes us ask of ourselves.

    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: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. The beauty of Mathematics

    The beauty of Mathematics

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Mathematics can sometimes seem abstract and remote, but some parts of mathematics offer fascinating insights into the language of nature, potentially revealing underlying truths about the reality we inhabit. In this course we look at some of the most important developments in mathematics.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

  3. Royal palaces, patrons, and art treasures - Isabelle d'Este

    Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures

    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Megalomaniac monarchs in the post-Renaissance period and the ambitious artists they employed to create their ‘mega collections’– a fascinating moment in art patronage. Explore the palaces, art and personalities that make up this history.

    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

  4. Stand-up comedy: introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is for those new to stand-up comedy. It will provide some of the essential skills needed to develop the student’s own individual comic persona and to create formulas for successful material.

    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: £79.00

  5. Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Writing and rewriting fairytales

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

  6. Communicating with the dead: the faith and science of spiritualism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Since Victorian times Spiritualists, from eminent scholars to ardent Christians, have been convinced that we can talk to the dead. Explore some of the scientific techniques and religious arguments that have been used to test the reality of the spirit 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

  7. Conversations in K-drama

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your speaking and listening skills in Korean through the joy of watching popular K dramas.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  8. Bollywood women: stardom, performance and the construction of gender

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Bollywood produces some of the biggest films in the world, with wide global reach and overseas markets. However, relatively little has been written about the key female stars and the changing film roles for women in Hindi cinema. Explore these key female stars and how they have made themselves distinct on film through both film narratives and performance styles.

    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

  9. Ikigai: the Japanese secret to a long and happy life

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The people of Japan believe that everyone has an Ikigai or a reason for being. Finding it can lead to a happier, more fulfilled life. Learn how to live in the moment and pursue your purpose and passion.

    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: £99.00

  10. Game design: a detailed introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to make your very own 2D video game with Construct 3. This is for anyone who is interested in making a game. No coding skills required.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. Phenomenology: culture and the 'lifeworld'

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 8 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The ‘lifeworld’ is the cultural background in and through which we live. It shapes our experience and expectations of realiity. What is the phenomenology of our contemporary global lifeworld?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Albert Camus

    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Né en Algérie dans une famille pauvre, orphelin de père à un an, élevé par une mère analphabète, Albert Camus recevra le prix Nobel de littérature en 1957 et décèdera trois ans plus tard dans un accident de voiture. Il nous reste ses livres, “La peste”, “L’étranger” “la chute”, à lire ou redécouvrir. Parce qu’il est beaucoup lu, parce qu’il nous parle de l’absurdité de l’existence mais aussi de sa beauté, parce qu’il pretend à l’universel mais parle d’évènements ordinaires, parce que les personnages de ses romans meurent tragiquement,comme il mourut lui-même, parce que son oeuvre est réputée pessimiste ou absurde alors qu’il était joyeux et adorait la vie, Albert Camus s’est cogné aux portes de l’existence sans nous en donner toutes les clés.

    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: £59.00
    Concession: £59.00

  13. Arabic: an introduction for beginners in collaboration with the British Museum

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online


    This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, uses British Museum objects related to the Middle East to provide a foundation in the Arabic language.Please note, this course will be taught online and not at the British Museum.

    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

  14. Two very Russian elements: the discovery of Moscovium and Oganesson

    Two very Russian elements: the discovery of Moscovium and Oganesson

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Moscovium and Oganesson are synthetic chemical elements created at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, near Moscow, Oganesson in 2002 and Moscovium in 2003. We will explore their creation in this course, look at the motivation for creating new elements, the means by which these new elements are created, and the importance of these elements in increasing our understanding of the physical universe.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. French Film Noir

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Originating in the poetic realist film movement and the crime literature of writers such as Georges Simenon, French film noir is characterised in ways quite unlike its American counterpart. We will explore French film noir from the 1940s to the1970s and its revised appearance in French cinema since the 1980s, its key directors and stars, and critical accounts of its development and style.

    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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