History, Culture & Writing Courses in London

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]

  1. The priest as poet

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare’s time to our own, priest-poets have given particularly forceful and poignant expression to both the rewards and the difficulties of faith. This innovative course will illuminate both their visions and their tribulations.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Masters of cinema: Jean-Pierre Melville

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Melville was a father figure for French new wave directors and like those filmmakers he developed a personal style that reflected a love of cinema itself. Explore Melville's key works, including six classic gangster films.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. The “Wyldes” of Hampstead: discovering Hampstead’s northern hillside

    The “Wyldes” of Hampstead: discovering Hampstead’s northern hillside

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the rural north side of Hampstead by walking across the Heath Extension to the hamlet of Northend, learning about its famous residents, its hostelry and the 17th-century Wyldes farmhouse. We return via the enchanting Hill Garden and Golders Hill Park.

    Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green and involves walking across parts of the Heath.. Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green and involves walking across parts of the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  4. Craft intensive: novel plotting workshop

    Craft intensive: novel plotting workshop

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    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 'Craft focus: novel plotting in depth'.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  5. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in a practical interactive session. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. The Founding Fathers and developments in the transition from thirteen colonies to a federal state

    The Founding Fathers and developments in the transition from thirteen colonies to a federal state

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1973 Richard Morris identified the following seven figures as the key ‘Founding Fathers’: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. These men were leaders or the War of Independence/ American Revolution and had a large impact on the constitutional shape of the institutions of the new federal American state. Whilst they cooperated against the British each had a distinct set of ideas about the shape of the new nation. This course will explore these ideas and their practical effects.

    We will examine: Washington; Franklin; Hamilton jay; Jefferson; Madison; and Adams; in turn then consider their collective impact. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  7. The French nation and Napoleon

    The French nation and Napoleon

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Napoleon had a huge impact on the French state and the French nation and many of his ideas and reforms were also adopted across Europe as a result of the French empire which Napoleon founded. Some of these developments were due to Napoleon himself and others emerged because of the systems he set up and the people he employed. Many of the changes he initiated have had long term effects which can be seen up until the current day. The course will examine some of these developments. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Advanced studies in fiction and poetry

    Course Date: Wed 12 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Saying something; not saying something: we will study post-war fiction and poetry by a range of British writers who take commitment and detachment, engagement and avoidance, as their theme or method. Includes Zadie Smith, Tom McCarthy and Stevie Smith.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  9. Contemporary American literature - Philip Roth

    Contemporary American literature

    Course Date: Thu 13 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how writers of the American literary scene voice the concerns of modern society, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Journey through Philip Roth's American trilogy novel, 'I Married a Communist', Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' and a selection of contemporary short fiction.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  10. An introduction to East Asian cinema

    Course Date: Fri 14 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore films and filmmakers in east Asian cinema since 1945, and consider the key movements and developments in the cinema of the region along with a range of critical responses to east Asian cinema.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. Digital journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Digital journalism: pitching and writing for modern media

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the dawn of online media outlets, there are more opportunities than ever before for writers to showcase their talent to the world. This day workshop guides students in successfully writing and pitching news and features to multiple digital channels.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. The end of globalisation?

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course explores several ideas present in globalisation studies - i.e. nationalist neo-liberalism (e.g.Trumpianism, Brexiteerism), post-national urbanism (e.g. networks of world cities), corporatist neo-liberalism, regionalism (e.g. ASEAN, EU) and potential emerging neo-empires (e.g. empires of affiliation in distinction to colonialism). Tutor: John Goff.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Saxons, Vikings and Normans: London from AD 900-1200

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the foundations of Lundenburh in c.886 and the impact of later Viking and Norman invasions. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided walk in the city.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  14. Dante's Divine Comedy: an introduction

    Dante's Divine Comedy: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Divine Comedy is an imaginary journey through the three realms of the afterlife. It's a fascinating compendium of life in 14th century Italy, but Dante's ability to depict humanity in all its aspects is timelss and has fascinated readers ever since.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Writing news and features: a taster

    Writing news and features: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fancy learning some journalism basics? This taster workshop introduces students to the fundamental skills every budding journalist needs. The course explores the language and structure of news and feature articles.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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