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. Classics evening lecture

    Course Date: Wed 5 Dec 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. You need no prior knowledge of classical languages or history - just bring your curiosity. Visit bildutrapagaran.info/discovertheclassics for details.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £7.00
    Concession: £5.00

  2. Rejoice and be merry: religious music, song and performance in England during Christmastide, 1718 - 1918

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Aspects explored include the emergence and impact of The Messiah together with the acceptance/writing of carols. Also considered are wassailing, waits, gallery choirs, concerts and the origins of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  3. Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Craft focus: voice in fiction

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Voice is an act rather than a thing, a passage of breath, a movement of sound, a certain transfer of meaning – the one special feature of writing that bridges the lonely gap between writer and reader. Develop your voice with acclaimed novelist, Tasha Kavanagh.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Introduction to Islam: historical emergence, current issues

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course is about exploring Muslim history: What is Islam? Who is a Muslim? Explore these questions through

    a study of the Quran, the Prophet and the socio-political and religious developments in the early history of

    Muslims. You may discover that there is more than meets the eye.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. A Dickens of a time : the making of the Victorian Christmas

    Course Date: Tue 11 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Christmas was of limited significance in the 1830s but that changed fundamentally during Queen Victoria’s reign.

    We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that made/makes for the traditional Christmas

    season.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  6. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 9 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Discover how London recovered from one of the great disasters and became a centre of commerce and the heart of a great empire. We follow in the steps of some of its best known characters like Doctor Johnson and Samuel Pepys and some lesser known including William Lilley and Thomas Chatterton. The course follows on from the HLW06 The City of London; the square mile, but new students are welcome.

    The first meeting point will be Chancery Lane tube, outside number 150 High Holborn.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 10 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of

    their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections. First meeting point (11/1/18) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  8. London's quartiers

    London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 11 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through one introductory session and seven walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. Entrance fees not included. Initial lecture held at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  9. History to hipsters

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the history and changing fortunes of these areas now considered to be trendy London hotspots. Shoreditch, Dalston, Bermondsey, Peckham, Brixton, Walthamstow, Stoke Newington, Deptford and Hackney all feature. There will be an initial classroom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  10. Film taster

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some of the themes you can expect to encounter on Build film classes. This taster of forthcoming classes offers you the chance to decide which course to take while discussing the value and impact of film study.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  11. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  12. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out how to go about understanding a poem or how to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and find out what makes a literature class at Build so special.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  13. British politics, culture and society, 1945-1997

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture outline course considers Britain’s political history and such issues as the vicissitudes of the economy, decolonisation and ‘Europe’. Changes in social attitudes and leisure, together with the position of women and youth also feature.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  14. Phenomenology: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Phenomenology, one of the most influential approaches in contemporary philosophy, asks: how do we constitute experienced reality? Following Husserl and Heidegger, phenomenologists try to understand what it means, if anything, to be in the world.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

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

    An introduction to literature: drama

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss plays including 'Much Ado About Nothing' by William Shakespeare and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tenessee Williams, in terms of language, characterisation, ideas , structure and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

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