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. Paradoxes

    Course Date: Sat 10 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Is a liar telling the truth when he says he’s lying? Can an all-powerful being create a stone it can’t lift? Come and explore these and other paradoxes that have intrigued philosophers for centuries.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Anthropology of art 2

    Course Date: Mon 12 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course aims to critically explore the role and symbolic meaning of art from a cross cultural perspective, ranging from the concept of beauty, the beliefs and rituals associated with material objects, to the human body as canvas and the role of museums.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  3. Deleuze: towards freedom

    Course Date: Wed 14 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is thought? What is creativity? Could the ways in which we encounter the world be constrained by habituated, reactive patterns of existence?
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  4. Thomas Hardy: The Return of the Native and the poetry of a Habitat Revisited

    Course Date: Wed 14 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will study Hardy’s atmospheric and moody 1878 novel of belonging and alienation, with its tempestuous heroine Eustacia Vye, and troubled ‘modern’ hero Clym Yeobright, interspersed with related Hardy poems that revisit love and locality.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  5. The Trump Presidency - one year on

    The Trump Presidency - one year on

    Course Date: Thu 15 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-off talk will be reviewing the Trump Presidency to-date, one year on from his inauguration as the US President. It will examine major issues and policies that have arisen during the first year and what to expect from Trump and his cabinet in its second year.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £15.00

  6. British and French gangster films from Rififi to Get Carter

    Course Date: Fri 16 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Though often marked by imitation of their American counterparts, explore the ways in which classic British and French gangster films have exhibited very different qualities through their distinctive approach to style, narrative and 'local' themes.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  7. The freedom of our crimes: the poetry of WW2 across Europe

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We shall study responses to the war from poets representing several combatant nations. In the process, we shall discover just how impressive and various were their evocations of this terrible and many-faceted conflict.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Writing broadcast journalism

    Writing broadcast journalism

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to learn more about how media works? Interested in a career in broadcast journalism? On this short course you will learn from practical writing and interviewing exercises and from the experience of a practising broadcast journalist.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Staying sane in the world of writing

    Staying sane in the world of writing

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to turn your setbacks into comebacks on this course designed to help budding authors navigate the often lonely and frustrating world of writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. 'Turbulent priests' in 20th century Britain: 2 - Bishop George Bell and Bishops Mervyn Stockwood and John Robinson

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This self-contained course outlines the life and achievements of each of these bishops, together with the context and significance of the various controversies and longer-term consequences associated with them.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  11. Classics day

    Classics day

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Build, the British Museum and UCL bring you another exciting day of talks, discussions and gallery visits on themes relating to Ancient Greece and Rome. This year's topic will be "Faith, belief and religion in the Classical world". 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: £15.00

  12. Writing about food: a taster

    Writing about food: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 18 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love food and want to write about it? There’s never been a better time with so much happening in the world of food - from street food markets and pop-up restaurants to 24-hour fine dining and gourmet takeaways. Explore the opportunities in print and online, including blogs.

    Improve your photographs of food on this related course – Food and drink photography for bloggers

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    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Fact and fiction: the history behind Wolf Hall

    Course Date: Sun 18 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Thomas More. Explore the personal and political lives of the real historical figures brought vividly to life in Hilary Mantel’s fiction. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. American science fiction and society

    Course Date: Tue 20 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines North American literature from the science-fiction genre, written in the 1980s, that addresses issues of race, gender, violence and power. Includes Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Kindred, by Octavia Butler and selected short fiction from the period.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  15. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

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