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. New studies in London Archaeolology

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These six interactive lectures will summarise new research in the archaeology of London, ranging from the Roman, Saxon and later medieval periods to more modern issues, providing a wider and deeper perspective of the city.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Make it New! How poetry became modern

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We look at how and why poetry changed between 1890 and 1925, breaking with the traditional forms and language of the past thousand years to become modern in style, ideas and feelings.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  3. Native North American histories

    Native North American histories

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course addresses North American history from the perspective of indigenous North Americans. Its thematic

    approach covers Native American views of past, history and memory that complement conventional colonial

    historiography. Tutor: Max Carocci.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  4. Poetry of the City

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How have poets conceived and evoked the cities they lived in? Visit London, Paris, New York, St. Petersburg (among others) in the company of Byron, Baudelaire, Apollinaire, Lorca, Frank O’Hara, Anna Akhmatova, Roy Fisher….
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  5. Shadows of the Raj: fictions of Empire and After

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These classic novels by British and South Asian writers explore the decline and fall of British rule in India, the rise of nationalism, and the making of independent states and new nations from a variety of perspectives. Readings: E.M. Forster's A Passage to India, Rumer Godden's Breakfast with the Nikolides, Anita Desai's Clear Light of Day, and Aamer Hussein's Another Gulmohar Tree.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  6. Film at the BFI: two seasons: Working Class Heroes plus Black and Banned

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join this multi-faceted 11 week film course, held in the BFI Southbank studio cinema. Sessions will explore the major BFI season on Working Class Heroes with a sidebar on Black and Banned Films, augmented by presentations on the London Film Festival and Mediatheque archives.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £83.00

  7. Philosophy of space

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can space be finite without having a boundary? Could a spacecraft travel in a straight line and end up back where it started? Consider these questions, and more, journey that will take you from the medieval world to modern maths and science.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  8. Rewriting female identity: modern fictions by Kate Chopin, Virginia Woolf, Leonora Carrington and Annie Proulx

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate one hundred years of female writing that explores the boundaries of self-expression, challenging cultural and gender stereotypes and taking the novel and short story into radical new areas of experience and formal innovation.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  9. The Wisdom of Beowulf: Old English poetry

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What was poetry like before the Norman Conquest? This course explores the diverse themes and uniform style of Old English poetry, and the techniques of its creators, from short riddles and lyrics to the epic Beowulf.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. An introduction to literature: drama. Image: Antony and Cleopatra by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

    An introduction to literature: drama

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will read, discuss and view extracts from three plays: Macbeth by Shakespeare, Ghosts by Ibsen and

    The Crucible by Miller in terms of theme, character, language and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  11. Current affairs

    Current Affairs

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Enrol early for lively, informed discussion on current events in Britain and the world.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  12. Film society: British film movements

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Film society meets every Thursday to screen and discuss new, rare or classic films, plus weekly talks on sixties “kitchen sink” films such as A Taste of Honey and Kes. Do recent British films (Fish Tank, Funny Cow) reflect our era in the same way?
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £88.00

  13. Italy in the early middle ages: 500-1000

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Early medieval Italy is characterised by invasion, social breakdown, cultural and political change. In this interactive lecture course, we discuss rural and urban life and why Italy is regionally divided. Gubbio, Lucca and Spoleto illustrate some of the developments discussed. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. St Petersburg and Russian music

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the rich musical heritage of St Petersburg, one of the most important cultural centres in the nineteenth century and the focus for the creation of a national music in Russia. No previous muscial knowledge is necessary. NOTE: break week, no class session on Friday, 26th October. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  15. An introduction to film

    An introduction to film

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your appreciation of cinema while viewing and discussing a range of films, including early silents, Hollywood, European and East Asian cinema. Explore genre, spectatorship, authorship, art cinema and more, gaining confidence in how to read a film.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

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