City Lit is an adult education college in Covent Garden, central London, offering over 4,000 part-time courses in areas such as languages, visual arts, music, drama, humanities and more, available during the evenings, daytimes or weekends.
In 2011, City Lit was graded “Outstanding” by government inspectors Ofsted, who were particularly impressed by the college’s active promotion of equality and diversity and how the college encourages and acts upon feedback from students. Over 98% of students rate their courses at City Lit as “good” or “excellent” on the college’s award-winning online rate-and-review facility.
What follows are the courses I teach and the time of the year they take place.
Exploring Rocks, Minerals and Fossils
(13th August 2017)
In this practical course we will be looking at hand-sized samples of a range of geological specimens from the tutor’s personal collection. With a very basic toolkit you will learn to identify the common transparent minerals such as quartz and calcite; study the variety of volcanoes around the world and identify their lavas and discover the structure and life stories of common fossils.
Human Evolution – An Introduction
(20th August 2017)
Human evolution is growing field of science which is consistently being refined as new evidence comes to light. In the latter half of the 19th century, most considered human evolution to be linear, from an ape-like ancestor to modern humans. As the decades passed, new evidence showed that human evolution reflected the evolution of flora and fauna of the planet. That is, some early hominins evolved to cope with changing climatic conditions and environmental change, while others died off. This created a bush-like map of our evolution and the evolution of our cousins. This course will track that evolution of understanding along with the advances made in dating and archaeogenetics.
(September – December 2017)
Although humans are the only surviving hominin species, this was not always the case. Journey through evolution and discover the anatomy of our ancestors, where they lived and what they looked like. Find out how we became such peculiar apes.
Geological forces – A close up look at the dynamic earth
(9th January to 6th February 2018)
We live on a geologically dynamic planet that continuously creates rocks, through volcanism, plate tectonics and sedimentation. This course will look more closely at how rocks form throughout the world from Hawaiʻi to the white Cliffs of Dover.
Geology and London
(15th of April 2018)
Explore how the geology below greater London has shaped its landscapes, infrastructure and built environment, making it such a fascinating and visually diverse city; look at stone types and their effects on the buildings around us.
The Palaeolithic People of Britain
(4th of March 2018)
For the past 900,000 years humans have thrived in a diversity of landscapes throughout Great Britain. This course examines the evidence that archaeologists and palaeoanthropologists have unearthed throughout the island. We begin with the earliest evidence of humanity at the site of Happisburgh (pronounced Haysbora), Norfolk to the rich archaeological remains at the 500,000 year old site of Boxgrove to the mammoths of Trafalgar Square, 100,000 years ago.