History, culture & writing

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 [email protected]

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  1. Russian civil war: 1917-1922

    Course Date: Tue 22 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Russian civil war (1917 - 1922) took place in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolutions of 1917. While many factions vied to determine the course of Russia's future, the two largest groups were the Red Army (led by Lenin) and the White Armies (led by former officers of the Tsarist state). N.B. no session on Tuesday 26 June. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. Mark Fisher: beyond capitalist realism

    Course Date: Tue 22 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This beginners’ course will explore Mark Fisher’s analysis of ‘capitalist realism’; the idea of the 'end of history'; alternatives to the current, dominant form of social organisation; and the Spinozistic issues of passivity and ‘becoming-active.’.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  3. Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing the modern-day romance

    Beyond Elizabeth Bennet: writing the modern-day romance

    Course Date: Wed 23 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a single pen can compose an unforgettable romance novel. This six-week course will chaperone students through the plotting of modern romance stories.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  4. An introduction to film: from the classical era to contemporary cinema

    Course Date: Fri 25 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This introductory course explores film from the 1930s to the present day, looking at Hollywood cinema, classical and post-classical film, European cinema, art cinema, popular cinema, key movements and concepts including genre, spectatorship and authorship.

    Please note this course will have a break week on Friday 29 June.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  5. A journey in the history and culture of Sicily

    Course Date: Sat 26 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will offer an insight view of the multifaceted history and multilayered culture of Sicily, the ancient island off the shore of Italy mainland.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. The unforgettable cinema of Pedro Almodovar. Photo by Roberto Gordo Saez

    The unforgettable cinema of Pedro Almodovar

    Course Date: Sun 27 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores the immense influence of Almodóvar's films on European popular culture. We will experience his many wonderfully vivid and outrageous films showing colourful and deeply felt celebrations of life and love.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Novel plotting workshop

    Novel plotting workshop

    Course Date: Sun 27 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An advanced course for those seriously engaged in writing a novel, you will look in greater depth at the mythic theory of plotting. The class atmosphere is supportive, but candid and serious. Please enrol only if you have completed 'Introduction to novel plotting'.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  8. Contemporary American literature - Philip Roth

    Contemporary American literature

    Course Date: Thu 31 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the American literary scene of the new millennium. Discover writers who voice the concerns of modern society as well as reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Includes Mislaid by Nell Zink (2015), The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016) and short fiction by Nobel Laureate Alice Munro.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  9. The Etruscans

    Course Date: Thu 31 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the mysterious people who lived in Central Italy and ended up being enveloped by the Romans.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  10. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 1 Jun 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try over six fun sessions covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  11. London and the Reformation

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Reformation had a profound effect on the landscape of 16th-century London as church buildings were transformed into stables, private houses, a wine tavern and biscuit factory! Nearly 50 martyrs were burnt or died in prison in London. Come along and find out more.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Medieval science and medicine

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines the complaints people suffered from late antiquity to the High Middle Ages. We investigate how cures were obtained through diet, bloodletting, purgation, medicine and prayer, often in accordance with the treatments of Galen and other authorities. Tutor: Micahel Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Writing inspiration jam

    Writing inspiration jam

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun, inspiring day workshop explores the many sources of inspiration available to writers in their everyday lives.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Masters of cinema: Robert Altman and David Lynch

    Course Date: Mon 4 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Robert Altman found success at the same time as Spielberg, Lucas and Scorsese, but he was no movie brat In 1977 David Lynch debuted with Eraserhead. Join us to find out how two mavericks broke away from the Hollywood mould.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  15. A taste of philosophy of the mind

    Course Date: Wed 6 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Without our brains we would not be able to see, hear, smell, feel or think. But is thinking or having an experience nothing else than neural activity? In this course we will look at this and some related questions.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

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