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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 - 19:00 (1 one-off Friday session)
  • 10 weeks: January to March
  • Tutor: Various
  • Fee £60 (applies to all applicants)
  • Imperial College Attendance Certificate (T&Cs apply)
Booking link

Introducing Cultural Studies 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, 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 January - so making it the ideal Christmas gift for family and friends. Or why not enrol yourself! Everyone welcome.

Course Information

Course Programme

All evening class programmes are subject to last minute modification and change.

  • Week 1 (Tuesday 19 January): Orthodoxy and Anarchism in Art (Michael Paraskos)
  • Week 2 (Tuesday 26 January): Is It Only Entertainment? How the Movies Faced the Great Depression (Eleonora Sammartino)
  • Week 3 (Tuesday 2 February):  Postmodernism in Contemporary Culture (Gus Subero)
  • Week 4 (Tuesday 9 February): Stories about Music (Bruno Bower)
  • Week 5  (Tuesday 16 February): Afro-Brazilian Architectural Heritage in West Africa (Alinta Sara)
  • Week 6 (Tuesday 23 February): Philosophy and Art (Matthew Rowe)
  • Week 7 (Tuesday 2 March): Cursed Britain: the History of Witchcraft in Modern Times (Tom Waters)
  • Week 8 (Friday 12 March): Artemisia Gentileschi (Leslie Primo) - note on Friday not Tuesday
  • Week 9 (Tuesday 16 March): The Appeasement Debate: Britain and World War II (Sheila Lecoeur)
  • Week 10 (Tuesday 23 March): The Honourable East India Company: Chinese Export and Chinoiserie c.1700-1800 (Viv Lawes)

Additional Reading

There is no requirement to undertake specific reading for this course

Your Tutor

Each week a different tutor takes this class

Course Delivery

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.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
10  10 See below* See below* See below*
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course. Please note there is no early-bird discount available for the January intake courses
Term dates 1

* Fee Categories and Discounts

All applicants for this course only should apply for the Internal Rate which is £60. This applies to all applicants for this course including people who are not members of staff or students at Imperial College. When completing the booking and enrolment form apply for the Internal Rate and in the section marked CID enter the coupon code: 00886033

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 10  10 n/a w/c 18 Jan - w/e 27 Mar 2021 (10 weeks)* n/a n/a
* This is a 1-term course

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 23 November

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

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.