AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in London, England
Summer 2017
Course Descriptions


Courses are divided by session and then grouped by broad academic discipline. Class timetables are available in April, but students should expect to be in class during the day Monday thru Thursday and have assessment on the final Friday of each session.

3-Week Courses, Session 1

Health and Medical Sciences
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1012 (4)
Course Title: Population and Public Health
Course Description:
Provides an introduction to definitions used in population and public health, basic theories, and conceptual frameworks linking major determinants of health with a range of individual and population health outcomes. Students will discover the major milestones in the history of population health, while exploring the role of London in public health research. The basic measurements of outcomes and risk factors used in public health will be introduced, taking into account data sources, social determinants in health and health inequalities, and the principles used to critically evaluate and interpret evidence.
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1044 (4)
Course Title: Nanotechnology in Medicine
Course Description:
This module introduces students to the emerging use of nanotechnology in medicine. At the nanoscale, physical and chemical (and thereby biological) properties of materials differ from the properties of individual atoms or bulk matter. These nanoscale properties are offering new opportunities for disease diagnosis (e.g. quantum dots, magnetic nanoparticles) and treatment (e.g. targeted nanoparticle drug delivery, nanotargeted radiation therapy and nano-designed tissue scaffolds). Through laboratory sessions, workshops and lectures by world-leading researchers and active clinicians, this module explores why size is important for nanoparticle theranostics and for controlling biological interactions for biomaterial and tissue engineering.

Course Code and Credits: ISSU1038 (4)
Course Title: International Commercial Arbitration
Course Description:
Cross-border commercial disputes are frequently resolved by arbitration in London. London is home to a wide range of arbitral institutions and boasts a wealth of talented arbitration professionals. This module concerns the contractual and procedural elements of international commercial arbitration from comparative and practical perspectives, focusing particularly on the English Arbitration Act 1996, the UNCITRAL Model Law and the New York Convention. Arbitration is usually carried out in accordance with the rules of an administering arbitral institution (such as the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) or the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)). In trade and commodity arbitration, parties generally refer to the arbitration rules of some particular trade associations. Given the importance of institutional rules of arbitration, students will also study these rules to have a good understanding of the conduct of the arbitral process and the making of arbitration awards.

Course Code and Credits: ISSU1039 (4)
Course Title: Climate and Energy
Course Description:
What is the evidence for anthropogenic climate change? How can we generate low-carbon electricity from nuclear and renewable sources, and how can we make our transport infrastructure greener? If we fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently rapidly, will we need to intervene directly in the climate system through so-called “geoengineering”? This module will cover all of these topics, with a strong emphasis on the underlying physical principles and deriving simple estimates of the potential contribution of various low-carbon energy sources. In addition to attending lectures, students research one particular aspect of climate and energy in depth and present their findings in an essay and associated short presentation.

Security and Crime Science
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1017 (4)
Course Title: Understanding and Countering Radicalization and Terrorism
Course Description:
This module will provide an introduction to the phenomena of radicalization and terrorism; including key definitions, causal accounts, empirical trends, past and present manifestations, current groups, and tactics. Through successive case studies, students will familiarize themselves with the following five approaches to prevention and disruption: Efforts to anticipate and prevent terrorism acts through situational measures; enforcement measures used to disrupt, disable or suppress the activities of terrorist networks; interventions aimed at the individual actor, their risk factors, belief systems and pathways out of terrorism involvement; removal of the economic basis for terrorist activities by attacking organized crime; and strategies which focus on the “root causes” of terrorism and radicalization.

3-Week Courses, Session 2

Course Code and Credits: EISSU1035 (4)
Course Title: What is Education?
Course Description:
Provides an introduction to what it means to study education at a higher level. The module will provide students with the opportunity to explore key ideas underpinning education with some of the world’s leading experts in education. Students will attend sessions at the UCL Institute of Education, where a range of experts will present their responses to the question: what is education? These responses will be underpinned by the critical consideration of the following questions: What is education for, what is its purpose, both here and now and looking to the future?; What should be its fundamental values and ethics?; What do we mean by knowledge and learning (including formal and informal learning)?; What is our concept of education?; What is our image of the learners, educators, learner contexts, and of community/society?; Who is responsible for education, and what does it mean to be responsible? Students will be encouraged to consider and share their responses to these questions, in relation to their own contexts.

Health and Medical Sciences
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1051 (4)
Course Title: Mental Health and the Mind
Course Description:
Mental disorders, e.g. schizophrenia, dementia, depression, are common across all countries and constitute about 14% of the global burden of disease. Many people with a mental disorder - and the majority of those living in low income countries - still have no access to the treatments they need. This module will offer students from a range of backgrounds such as social sciences, medicine, psychology, an understanding of basic principles of how mental disorders present themselves, the impact on individuals and the possibilities for recovery and treatment advances. It will address general aspects of the aetiology and treatment of mental disorders, the setting within which such disorders are managed in the UK and globally and finally bring the students in touch with people with lived experience of a mental disorder in order to elucidate aspects of stigma and health and social inequalities. Most importantly, we hope that students will be inspired to further their interest in this field and go on to develop a career in mental health.
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1055 (4)
Course Title: Nerve Injury Treatment: Medicine, Science and Engineering
Course Description:
Peripheral Nerve Injury is a field of regenerative medicine which is advancing towards a paradigm shift in available therapeutic options. The ability of medicine to manipulate one of the only organ systems which has the capacity in a human to regrow is at the forefront of fields of surgical science, pharmacology, cellular engineering, bioengineering and assistive technologies. This module offers the student the capacity to experience all the current therapeutic options for peripheral nerve injury treatment through a collaboration of the only clinical unit in the world to focus purely on nerve injury and UCL; a recognised world leader in neurobiology and engineering. This exposure will be through lectures and exposure in the clinical environment (clinic, rehab and the operating theatre) to all the basic concepts and theories of improving outcomes after nerve injury.

Course Code and Credits: ISSU1048 (4)
Course Title: International Trade and Maritime Law
Course Description:
The selling and purchasing of goods across territorial borders is an ancient yet sophisticated commercial activity. International trade involves interlocking contracts, including letters of credit and contracts of sale, carriage and insurance, all of which concern the minds of traders whilst performing this activity for profit. In pursuit of certainty and predictability in their affairs, traders around the world typically refer to English law in their sale contracts as the governing law. London has an unrivalled reputation as a global centre for dispute resolution, and it has always been the heart of international trade and maritime disputes. Carriage of goods by sea has been the backbone of international trade since ancient times. This age-old yet sophisticated commercial activity remains to this day of importance to traders selling and purchasing goods across territorial borders for profit. The business of carriage of goods by sea is obviously risky. A cargo carried aboard a ship may arrive late or in damaged condition, or it may not even arrive at all. Due to bad weather conditions, a chartered ship may stay at anchor for days before the cargo can be loaded or discharged. The risk of sea carriage has, over the centuries, given rise to a great number of disputes between carriers and various other parties who have an interest in the vessel and her cargo. English law enjoys a long-standing predominance in the international shipping market, as it is frequently chosen by the parties to govern their contracts of carriage. A vast amount of goods is carried around the world under contracts of carriage governed by English law.

Course Code and Credits: ISSU1019 (4)
Course Title: Anatomy and Developmental Biology
Course Description:
Provides an introduction to significant aspects of human anatomy and embryonic development. It aims to prepare students for more advanced studies in these subjects. The module covers topographical anatomy and embryonic development of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, musculoskeletal system, urogenital system, and limbs. The first few weeks of human development will be examined, alongside the cellular organization of tissues and organs. An understanding of the key principles of embryonic development will be provided. The module is taught through lectures, a series of seminars covering more specialised topics, a small number of practicals, and a class in the Anatomy Laboratory (Dissecting Room).
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1028 (4)
Course Title: Data Science and Big Data Anayltics
Course Description:
Provides an introduction to the most fundamental data analytic tools and techniques, and will teach students how to use specialized software to analyze real-world data and answer policy-relevant questions. Data Science is an exciting new area that combines scientific inquiry, statistical knowledge, substantive expertise, and computer programming. One of the main challenges for businesses and policy makers when using big data is to find people with the appropriate skills. This module will cover classic topics in data analysis (regression, binary models, and panel data) and introduce more specialised techniques, such as classification and decision trees, clustering and pattern recognition, and dimensionality reduction. It will cover data preparation and processing, including working with structured, key-value formatted (JSON), and unstructured data.