University College London

London, United Kingdom

Available Courses

This module provides an introduction to interdisciplinarity in particular, its role in breaking down traditional boundaries and creating new kinds of knowledge. We address the issues facing those conducting interdisciplinary work and examine how they play out in practice. We look at the reality of working in new fields and, perhaps most importantly, in new ways.

This module explores the concept of information and its relation to data and knowledge, taking an historical perspective through examining the past, present and future of associated institutional repositories and collections (libraries, archives, museums, galleries, data vaults) as well as the different historical forms of information sources (moving from the papyrus and codex up to contemporary forms such as the database). The module engages students in a critical, interdisciplinary examination of the role institutions and collections play in validating and verifying information and information sources, and scrutinises the interplay between audiences, politics, aesthetics, material forms and the socio economic, technological and socio cultural elements in which information is situated.

This course teaches the building blocks of radio and podcasting. You will learn how to use recording and editing equipment as well as creative approaches to interviewing, sound design, narrative structure and storytelling. Though primarily practical, there will be also be an emphasis on learning techniques for telling audio stories through listening and discussion of works produced by audio producers both here in the UK and around the world. The course is delivered by Nina Garthwaite, creator of In the Dark, a space where radio from around the world can be heard, enjoyed and discussed. She has produced and presented radio programmes for major speech radio channels along with podcasts. She is joined by Dinah Lammiman , Professor of Factual Storytelling, UCL who has presented and produced countless documentary radio programmes for the BBC.

This module will take a critical and explicitly interdisciplinary approach to interrogate the most significant global crisis in generations Covid 19. Through a detailed examination of disease outbreaks that span the globe and date back to Plague in the 14th century right through to original research on Covid 19, the course will examine issues such as:

  • Human /environment interactions and emergence of new zoonotic diseases
  • How an outbreak becomes a pandemic
  • The role of maps, data science and technology in understanding the pandemic
  • Politics and the role of science and experts
  • Governing disease outbreaks

Should we trust news in a Deepfake world? Should we trust autonomous cars? The module aims at providing an overview on the relationships between computing systems and human beings. It looks at the theoretical and technical concepts of human computer interaction (HCI) which is fundamental to understand the role of both user and designers of computer interfaces. Lectures will involve critical discussions around user centred design issues. The students will analyse the risks and possibilities associated to computing interfaces, wearable technologies and data visualisation. Students will get a broad introduction to the main techniques and challenges involved in AI and algorithms e.g., machine learning and data science, as well as ethical challenges of modern AI systems.

As the majority of the world’s population has moved to urban areas, cities are a critical space for analysis and to confront issues of inequality and social justice. In cities across the world, rising inequalities manifest in processes of spatial exclusion and marginalisation, as well as in barriers to basic social goods such as dignified housing, safe water and sanitation, and infrastructure. The module will explore how these global processes are impacting differentially on people through city case studies. It will also present key issues confronted by development practitioners in order to bridge the gap between theory and practice for those interested in working in this field. Finally, the module will look at alternatives, by analysing how urban planners, activists, and organizations co produce more just and democratic cities.

This course offers you the opportunity to engage with art thinking and art practice. It proposes a collective and experimental space based on the individual projects of each student. You will learn, explore and practice arts processes and develop a personal art project. This module will provide an experience in interdisciplinary thinking. It will call on a wide ranging set of materials from art, anthropology, architecture, philosophy, biology, physics, mathematics, neurology and geology and introduce the students to the work of some thinkers and practitioners working in those areas. Further, it will visit a diversity of experts on different fields to contribute and experiment with the aforementioned materials.

This module will introduce students to the multidisciplinary nature of music by offering a critical introduction to a plethora of evidence, both from contemporary research and practice. Students will be enabled to witness how music celebrates artistic expression and experience but also scientific enquiry and discourse, as notions that symbiotically form a unique plateau, and not as distinct pillars (which, somewhat paradoxically, troubles educational Students will have the opportunity to become introduced to literature and evidence relating to the origins of music, the ontology and epistemology of music, musical development and education, music perception and cognition, sociological perspectives, and also the role of science and technology in, with and through music.

This module will discuss the drivers of energy services, the challenges associated with satisfying the rising energy demand, the trade offs in energy policy aiming to provide secure, affordable, and environmentally benign energy carriers, and the important role of analytical tools for shaping energy policy. Students will leave this module with a clear understanding of the paramount significance of reliable, affordable, and environmentally sustainable supply of energy to modern societies and how these requirements trade within an interlinked energy system. In addition, they will understand how an interdisciplinary focus can deliver key insights into a critical science and engineering challenge. They will also learn the need to appreciate all aspects of energy issues; that quantitative science and engineering based analysis must be considered in the context of societal, economic and political considerations. Students will become familiar with energy modelling and analysis, and how quantification and analytical rigour is critical for engagement between disciplines.

This module provides an introduction to the theory of computation and its links with logic and language theory. The first part of the course will focus on mathematical logic and the second part will address the fundamentals of computation, automata and language theory.

Kompleks Kementerian Pendidikan, Kebudayaan, Riset, dan Teknologi. Gedung D Lantai 18, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Pintu Satu, Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia 10270

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