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. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a story from beginning to end in two days.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  2. Joke writing

    Joke writing

    Course Date: Sun 18 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Uncover the workings of the classic one-liner, practise joke writing and find out what makes a good joke. Learn how to refine and develop your own writing skills for stand up, comedy writing and pleasure.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Introduction to writing for young adults

    Introduction to writing for young adults

    Course Date: Sat 24 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Young adult fiction is booming. Find out more about this exciting genre and how it differs from other forms of writing for adults and children. Learn the essential techniques and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for YA stories.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  4. Female mystic writers of the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Sun 25 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at writers such as Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, this course considers the way in which women writers represented their fantastic experiences and visions in medieval times.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Film at the BFI: Once upon a time: the westerns of Sergio Leone

    Course Date: Wed 4 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    As a complement to our Sergio Leone season, we offer a 4 week mini course exploring the background and influences on this renowned director whose ground-breaking Westerns connect to popular music and theatre as well as film culture and that also demonstrate a deep obsession with the myths of the American West. The course will connect not only with Leone’s films but also the wider BFI programme of contemporary Westerns with a contrasting emphasis on race and gender.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  6. Rising stars in contemporary poetry

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Poetry sales are rising. We will read a range of up-and-coming poets and discuss whether their work offers us something long-lasting, perhaps permanent, or whether they will fade away as fashions change.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  7. Global issues of the 21st century

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores some of the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: transnational terrorism, the environment, human and energy security issues, technology in the changing world, inequality & underdevelopment, and the state's role in a 'globalising' world. [NOTE: no class on 7 May - Bank Hol]. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Understanding the modern world

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ideas of four key thinkers whose ideas have vitally shaped our world. Examine their views on morality, meaning, the role and status of women, human nature, political and economic injustice and much more.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Philosophy and the meaning of life

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some philosophers have insisted that philosophy should explain the meaning of our existence. What does it mean for us to be? And how then should we live? This course examines some seriously philosophical answers.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Anthropology of space, place and the cultural landscape

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is an introductory and interdisciplinary course which ranges beyond social anthropology to explore aspects of cultural geography, philosophy, psychology, art and architectural history, thus enriching your theoretical and ethnographic understanding of the cross cultural meaning of space within the built environment..
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Ealing comedies: British film's dark masterpieces

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ealing Studios comedies are remembered for their joyous eccentricity but there was always a darker side: bank robbery, class warfare and social anarchy. We will unpick these classic treasures to enrich our profound enjoyment of them.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  12. Masters of cinema: Woody Allen

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    "I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens." From early funny to serious Woody, from "Annie Hall" to "Hannah and her Sisters", he’s still making a movie every year while maintaining his signature style.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. Introduction to anthropology: natures and cultures

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Starting from the nature-nurture debate, the course looks at the intersection between natural behaviours and socially learned norms through the examples of food, architecture and technology.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  14. Victorians abroad

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorians were to be found worldwide, not just in the UK. Among those which the course considers, together with travelling conditions, are tourists, explorers, missionaries, imperial administrators, exiles and those who sought a better life.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  15. Aesthetics: art and anti-art

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Bringing philosophy together with art criticism, sociology and cultural anthropology, this course examines answers from a range of thinkers to two basic questions: What is art? And is beauty in the eye of the beholder?
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

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