Photograph of Rome

"Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life." - Anna Akhmatova, poet

At a Glance

  • Live online course
  • 2 hours a week
  • TBA
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • Tutor: Various
  • Fees from £220 to £410
  • Imperial College Attendance Certificate (T&Cs apply)
  • Official Course Title: Introducing Cultural Studies

On this exciting new course we are going to explore Italy - its landscapes, its culture, its history and its people. We will gain insight into Italy’s many contributions to art and civilization and examine some of the landmark events in Italian history. From the ancient Etruscans and Romans to the medieval and renaissance city states, and into the modern period, we will discover the highs and lows of this extraordinary part of the world.

While some of the glories Italian art might be familiar, there is much to discover about Italy’s flair for design and technology, as well as modern art movements, cinema, art and architecture. From the first racing cars to stream-lined domestic appliances, from high fashion to a major contribution to world cuisine, this course will open-up new perspectives and inspire you to explore Italy for yourself.

Online Access to Course

This is a taught live online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time on a specific day of the week. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course Delivery'.

Attendance certificate

Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.

Course Information

Course Programme


Additional Reading


Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the tutor, Dr Sheila Lecoeur,

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.