AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in London, England
Summer 2021
Course Descriptions

   

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

For summer 2021, UCL have reduced the number of courses they plan to offer in London. Courses available are as follows:

3-Week Courses, Session 1

Crime and Security
Course Code and Credits: ISSU0017 (4)
Course Title: Understanding and Countering Radicalisation and Terrorism
Course Description:

This module will provide an introduction to the phenomena of radicalisation and terrorism; including key definitions, causal accounts, empirical trends, past and present manifestations, current groups, and tactics.

Through successive case studies, students will familiarise 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 organised crime; and strategies which focus on the "root causes" of terrorism and radicalisation.


Culture, Literature and the Arts
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1011 (4)
Course Title: Literary London
Course Description:
This module introduces students to the life and literature of London from the eighteenth century to the present day, from Jonathan Swift to Zadie Smith. As we read some of London’s greatest poems, short stories and novels, we will walk the streets of London, visiting some of the great landmarks and museums, as well as looking into its lesser-known histories.
Course Code and Credits: ISSU0094 (4)
Course Title: Public Art, Graffiti and the Right to the City
Course Description:

This module is an introduction to creativity and crime in cities, with a focus on graffiti, street art and other types of public surface communications. Throughout the three weeks, the module will introduce concepts and methods that enable us to understand contemporary urban environments, as they are shaped through architecture, creativity and the maintenance of order. We will examine different visual languages from graffiti to public art and hostile architecture, to understand who uses and produces the city, and who urban spaces belong to.

The module will start with an overview of contemporary urban theories and introduce an international history of graffiti and street art, to examine how these practices produce conversations about publicness and privacy, art and crime, transgression and the law. Students will be taken on journeys across the city and will debate the role of graffiti in claiming and shaping public spaces, within a context of a rapidly developing and increasingly exclusionary London.

Course Code and Credits: ISSU0074 (4)
Course Title: The Birth of Feminism: UCL, Bloomsbury and Fin-de-Siècle Radicalism
Course Description:

This module explores the rise of feminism in England from the publication of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman to World War I, when London was a hot house of radical thinking and the temporary or definitive home of a variety of brilliant cosmopolitan thinkers and writers who converged here attracted by the infinite opportunities for debate on the most varied ‘isms’: positivism, liberalism, socialism, trade-unionism, Ibsenism, Freudianism, vegetarianism, pacifism, secularism and, last but not least, evolutionism. Darwin’s theories of natural and sexual selection and his views of the place of woman in the evolution of the human species had a wide and deep impact on the debate on the Woman Question. They were received and appropriated in different ways by New Woman writers, but none of them escaped their influence.

UCL had a prominent place in these exciting debates also because of its deep connection to Darwinism through figures such as Francis Galton, Edward Grant, Edwin Ray Lankester and Karl Pearson, so this is the right place to explore Darwinism’s fundamental ontological implications for the cultural and literary discourse of the fin-de siècle.


Geography and the Built Environment
Course Code and Credits: ISSU0005 (4)
Course Title: Global London: Contemporary Urbanism, Culture and Space
Course Description:

London is truly a global city. An international centre of culture and art, business and finance, education and research and tourism: the city is also home to people from all over the world who help shape and characterise its diversity. Despite its status as a global city, London must also be understood as an ordinary city; one of the hundreds of large cities around the world where people negotiate their daily routines of living, working, travelling and sharing space with others. This course will use London as a springboard to explore ways that contemporary cities are being theorized, experienced and understood.

A mixture of seminars and fieldwork will introduce you to a range of interdisciplinary themes within urban studies and provide you with the opportunity to encounter and learn from what the city of London has to offer as well as the contradictions it produces. Giving you the opportunity to think critically about and through your temporary stay in London, the course aims to challenge you to consider your own relations to, and place within, an increasingly urbanised world.

Course Code and Credits: ISSU0077 (4)
Course Title: Energy and Future Cities: Innovating London’s Architecture
Course Description:
Depletion of traditional fuel stores has been accompanied by increasing pollution levels. Consequently, motivations to lower carbon-emissions have elevated and to ensure this change is achieved on a global scale a multinational agreement was achieved in 2015 at the Paris climate conference whereby 195 countries agreed a legally binding global climate deal. Much of our built environment is dependent on the energy systems that power it. To pave the way for the adoption of novel and advance energy systems, the infrastructure that underpins our cities will need to be reimagined, a fact that can already be seen in the influx of electric car charging points. This module will explore the potential of our future cities: The symbiotic relationship between cities and the energy systems that drive them will be the key in unlocking the future of our built environment.

Economics/Health
Course Code and Credits: ISSU TBC (4)
Course Title: The Political Economy of Health
Course Description:

The recent policy reforms launched in the UK National Health System coupled with the challenges faced by health systems globally with the Covid-19 pandemic, emphasise the need for a better understanding of how healthcare systems function, how they are financed, and how strategic policies are developed to ensure the provision of care to the highest quality standards. In this module, students will understand how the state and other private and public health-related institutions and processes influence health systems' performance. Moreover, the module will explore the demographic and socio-economic challenges faced by healthcare systems, particularly in terms of power and resources contested in the health sector. The module is intended to address the gap in health economics that often ignores the developments of the political economy in health systems. This module is relevant for students from several backgrounds, as the focus will be both on politics and economics and their interface in terms of health and healthcare.

The module will use extensive links to government, the NHS, charities, and the private sector to support students’ learning.


3-Week Courses, Session 2

Economics
Course Code and Credits: ISSU0092 (4)
Course Title: Economics for Sustainability: Climate Change and Social Inequalities (Level 2)
Course Description:
The module takes students on a journey of discovery of the logic, values, uncertainties and thinking behind the debate on climate change action, economic wellbeing and inequalities. It sits between theory and practice. Theoretically, the module departs from conventional methods of economics teaching that typically focus only on a narrow range of orthodox or mainstream economic theories that are generally underpinned by the methodological monism of mathematical formalism. Instead, it embarks on a tour-de-force of diverse, contradicting, and rich social-economic perspectives. Practically, the module discusses main climate-related policy and societal concerns, perceptions and facts, including issues of just transitions or climate justice. Moreover, in order to spur student creativity, understanding and imagination, the module brings novel elements, in that it connects economic thinking with the world of arts and culture.

Culture, Literature and the Arts
Course Code and Credits: ISSU0089 (4)
Course Title: Modern and Contemporary Art in London
Course Description:
This course focuses on art works exhibited in London collections and temporary exhibitions, discussing and theorising the evolution of the modern art object from the nineteenth-century to present. Through a series of seminar- and gallery-based classes, the module will closely scrutinise a broad range of art objects, including painting, sculpture, photography, and video, to consider how the development of visual technologies, materials and techniques are negotiated by artists and have impacted on the critical methodologies developed by art historians. Each week will take a different thematic category to foreground discussion, helping to address changing cultural, social, and historical contexts in the making of visual art and its relationship to current sites of exhibition and mechanism of display.

History and Philosophy
Course Code and Credits: ISSU0021 (4)
Course Title: An Archaeological History of London
Course Description:
This module reviews the turbulent development of London from the Roman period (c AD 47) to the rebuilding of the City after the Great Fire of 1666, integrating archaeological, architectural and documentary sources. It considers the non-linear trajectory its development, noting the serious setbacks such (rebellions, foreign invasions, conflagrations, major plague) and the impacts these had on its ultimately successful commercial expansion.