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]

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  1. Creation myths in the ancient near East

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore with us the idea of ‘myth’. We will look at creation myths in Ugarit, in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, ancient Greece and in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. The legacy of Neorealism: from Italy to Iran

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Samira Makhmalbaf received Truffaut/Fellini awards for Blackboards and The Apple, films made realistic by the simplicity of real-life dialogue, using non-professional actors as characters. She understood the humour of De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. An introduction to poetry: Auden, Larkin, Hughes, Plath and Heaney

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will read ,discuss and enjoy a selection of poetry by W.H. Auden, Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney in terms of their styles and themes.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  4. Bertolt Brecht: poet in times of revolution, war and exile

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The day, led by the writer and translator David Constantine, will be an introduction to Brecht's life and times and an exploration of a range of his poetry.



    Biography:

    David Constantine, born 1944 in Salford, Lancashire, was for thirty years a university teacher of German language and literature. He has published a dozen volumes of poetry (most recently – 2014 – Elder); two novels, Davies (1985) and The Life-Writer (2015); and five collections of short stories. He is an editor and translator of Hölderlin, Goethe, Kleist and Brecht. For his stories he won the BBC National and the Frank O’ Connor International Awards (2010, 2013).The film 45 Years was based on his story In Another Country. With Helen Constantine he edited Modern Poetry in Translation, 2003-12. Later this year Bloodaxe will publish his new and greatly enlarged Selected Poetry of Hölderlin and Norton his translations, with Tom Kuhn, of more than 1000 poems of Bertolt Brecht.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. The Quakers: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 2 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Quakers listen for the inner voice within that speaks truth and love, without making use of priests, ancient rituals or creeds. Find out why people today are re-discovering Quakerism.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Godzilla and the emergence of modern Japan

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines the dual origins of Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla/Gojira (1954) – that of the suppression of the supernatural in Japanese society and the impact of the atomic bomb upon the Japanese psyche. In doing so, we will address other films such as Ring (1998) and Princess Mononoke (1997), as well as different iterations of the “King of the Monsters” within the Godzilla franchise.

    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Miriam the prophetess, Ruth the migrant, and Queen Esther: stories and afterlives of biblical women

    Course Date: Sat 9 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the biblical stories of three women, each representing an aspect of religious, political and social life of ancient Israel. These stories have inspired many writers, and been transformed to adapt to the social, political and religious concerns of the times.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Exploring film studies

    Exploring film studies

    Course Date: Sat 9 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your critical understanding of cinema through a range of key theories in the study of film, including genre, spectatorship and authorship, and themes such as classical and popular cinema, art cinema and film history.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. 'Glimpses of heaven': the role and development of the English cathedral in the 19th century

    Course Date: Sat 9 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 19th century was a tumultuous period for English cathedrals and bishops. Aspects covered include their role in society, expansion, (re-) building and restoration of cathedrals together with changes in worship, governance and public access.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  10. Alexander Pope: 'The proper study of mankind'

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how Pope dominated the early 18C with a series of ambitious and astonishingly varied masterpieces, ranging from savage satire, via romantic eloquence, to his greatest philosophical and spiritual undertaking – An Essay on Man.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Life and times of Charles I and Henrietta Maria

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As the second son, Charles was never meant to become king. He rose to the challenge and tried to live up to his father's ideals of kingship. Sadly this led to Civil War and death. The interactive lecture-based course looks at his life as king and life with his wife, Henrietta Maria. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Classics day

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Build, the British Museum and UCL bring you another stimulating day of talks and discussions on themes relating to Ancient Greece and Rome. This year's focus will be on the wide-ranging subject of festivals and celebrations – personal, public and religious – across the ancient world of Greece and Rome. Anyone with a love of the classics is welcome. No knowledge of Greek or Latin required.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £19.00

  13. Neo-Daoism

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Neo-Daoism (Xuanxue, ’dark study’) aimed at unlocking the mystery of the Dao (‘Way’) to achieve human flourishing and even immortality.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. The Balfour Declaration

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In November 1917, then Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour wrote a letter expressing the British government's support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This interactive lecture-based course will examine the context and content of the Declaration and the impact it had on Palestine post-WWI. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  15. European horror cinema

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore European horror cinema from its beginnings to the present day, looking at its history, themes, key directors and the ways in which it has often offered audiences a more challenging experience of the genre.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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