AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in London, England
Summer 2018
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

Anthropology
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1008 (4)
Course Title: Human Evolution
Course Description:
Evolutionary biology is modern life science’s most important theory – and no other institution has been as influential in shaping this discipline as UCL. The module explores our evolutionary history, how our primate ancestry still shapes our current lives and what evolution may hold for us in times to come. Various controversies, triggered by Darwinian theory are scrutinized.

Health and Medical Sciences
Course Code and Credits: ISSU2044 (4)
Course Title: Nanotechnology in Medicine (Level 2)
Course Description:
The use of nanotechnology in medicine is an emerging field that can revolutionize the treatment and detection of disease. This module offers both an insight into these emerging technologies and a fundamental understanding of why size matters and how nanoscale technologies interact with biological environments. Through hands on laboratory sessions, workshops and lectures, students will see how this technology offers huge leaps in diagnostics. Please note there is a bench fee of £100 for the use of labs and consumable materials.
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.

Law
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.

Sciences
Course Code and Credits: ISSU2039 (4)
Course Title: Climate and Energy (Level 2)
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? This module has a strong emphasis on the underlying physical principles of low-carbon energy sources, as well as simple estimates their potential contribution.
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1004 (4)
Course Title: Evolution and Sexual Selection
Course Description:
The theory of evolution constitutes a powerful explanation of the interrelatedness and diversity of living organisms on planet Earth. This module aims to provide students with a full introduction to modern evolutionary theory and the forces of selection that drive evolutionary change.. There will be a strong focus on sexual selection, mating systems and the roles of the quality and quantity of potential mates; using examples from a wide range of plant and animal systems.
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1028 (4)
Course Title: Modern History of Science in London
Course Description:
Science rapidly expanded in 19th century Britain—this module will explore that expansion through the lens of the great metropolis that was London. The module will examine a variety of settings; including museums, laboratories, lecture halls, publishing devices, parlors, and private collections, and a variety of communities; including professional societies, amateur clubs, working men’s clubs, and ephemeral consumer activity. It will explore how these venues come together to create an integrated world for science, and will examine how the relationship between science and the public evolved over the 19th century.
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1053 (4)
Course Title: Science, Method and Rationality
Course Description:
The scientific method is generally seen as one which allows us to study the physical world in a systematic and unbiased manner. Its approach allows us to obtain objective and rational knowledge of the world. But how do we go about developing such knowledge, and what does it really mean for such knowledge to be objective and rational? Security and Crime Science.

Crime and Security
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

Education
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.. 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? 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?

Health and Medical Sciences
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1025 (4)
Course Title: Global Health: Local and International Perspectives
Course Description:
Provides an introduction to the discipline of global health. Each week will be framed around the ‘wicked problems’ facing our world and the ways in which the individual can engage with global issues. Topics covered include access and availability of healthcare, inequality, poverty, ethics, aid, and the key actors in global health. Each week will begin with a U.K. case study relating to a core topic, and end with an excursion to a local site of significance in the development of the global health discipline.
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. 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 recognized world leader in neurobiology and engineering.
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, e.g. social sciences, medicine, psychology, an understanding of basic principles of how mental disorders present, the impact on individuals and the advances in treatment and recovery.

Law
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, and carriage of goods by sea has been the backbone of international trade since ancient times. 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. 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, and this module covers both the principles of the laws, and all facets of contracts, disputes and remedies.
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1041 (4)
Course Title: Law, Lawyers and Social Justice
Course Description:
Considers the role that law plays in society, with a particular focus on the ways in which lawyers can achieve social change. The module is rooted broadly in law and social sciences and will be richly interdisciplinary in its approach. It will introduce students to conceptions of social justice and to the lawyerclient relationship, as well asthe role of charities and NGOs in advocating and campaigning on social welfare and human rights. By the end of the module students will be able to question their assumptions about the ways in which the law is constructed and understood in society, as well as the ways in which lawyers achieve, or might fail to achieve, social justice.

Sciences
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, preparing 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.
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1028 (4)
Course Title: Data Science and Big Data Anayltics
Course Description:
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.

Crime and Security
Course Code and Credits: ISSU1033 (4)
Course Title: Understanding and Preventing Crime
Course Description:
Provides students with a broad understanding of issues relating to crime measurement, crime patterns, explanations of criminal behavior, and crime prevention. The module will consider the challenges and processes associated with measuring and analyzing crime and will present some of the key crime trends. Special attention will be devoted to how crime patterns manifest in space and time and how they can be analyzed. Criminological and psychological theories will be compared and the role of the traditional criminal justice system as a means of crime control will be explored.

Additional Courses

The following courses may also be offered in 2018, Session TBD.

Anthropology

Darwin and the History of Evolution (Level 2)

Geography and the Built Environment

Civic Design

Global London: Contemporary Urbanism, Culture and Space

London’s Urban Development: Politics, Policy and Design

Law

Introduction to UK Law

International Commercial Litigation

Science

Introduction to Statistics

Science Journalism

Computational Systems Biology