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Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.”― Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881)

Information at a Glance

  • Live online course
  • 1 hour a week
  • Tuesdays 18:00 to 19:00
  • 10 weeks: October to December
  • Tutors: Various
  • Fee £65 (applies to all applicants)
  • Imperial College Attendance Certificate (T&Cs apply)

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In association with Imperial College Graduate School


The Graduate School Lectures, held in association with the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC), is a 10-week lecture course in which we are going to explore a range of ideas in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Each week a different specialist will introduce their research subject, taking us into diverse worlds ranging from art history, literature, film studies and philosophy to design history, music theory and literature.

You do not have to be knowledgeable or an expert in any of these topics, as each week the tutor's task will be to explain their subject to you, the topic they will be looking at and giving you some of the basic to take your studies further if you want to.

There is no practical work, homework or preparation needed, just an open mind and the ability to spend an hour or so listening to expert academics from the arts, humanities and social sciences present some of the ideas that get them excited.

The course is confirmed and will be running in October - and you do not need to know anything about the topics being discussed or have any previous academic experience. These lectures are for everyone!

Course Information

Course Programme

To be confirmed

Additional Reading

There is no requirement to undertake specific reading for this course.

Your Tutor

Each week a different speaker takes this class. We draw our speakers from a range of different departments at Imperial, including the CLCC, and also from outside Imperial College.

Course Delivery Method

All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.

All times stated are British Standard Time.

To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.


This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.

Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.

We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.

All courses lasting two hours have a 10-minute break in the middle. For one-hour courses there is no break.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be sent to the course coordinator, Dr Michael Paraskos at

If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.