United Kingdom, London

Modern History of Science in London

when 3 July 2017 - 21 July 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1850

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, parlours, 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.

It includes visits to some of London's main attractions related to 19th century science. Specific visits may vary, but suitable choices include: Natural History Museum and The Science Museum, Crystal Palace Park, Down House, Royal Institution, Royal College of Surgeons, Docklands Museum, and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

A visit to the museums of either Oxford or Cambridge will also take place, as will at least one walking tour, to visit some of the scientific clubs near Piccadilly Circus.

Course leader

Professor Joe Cain is an expert on Darwin and the history of Darwinism, as well as the history of science in London and the history of public engagement with science.

His research currently focuses on science in the 1854 Crystal Palace, including the w

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Have gained knowledge about the origins of science in its modern, professional sense;

Have gained a knowledge of key individuals, institutions, and themes of 19th century science;

Be able to relate the geographical landscape of London to the intellectual and social landscape of science, as it developed over the 19th century;

Have gained an ability to research historical topics, including collecting and assessing primary sources;

Be able to demonstrate critical analysis of science communication and public engagement over a variety of venues.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 1850: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition discount of £400.
GBP 1000: Students may select a room in our designated Summer School residence for a fee of £1000 for one three-week session. The residence is within 20 minutes walk of UCL and comprises of single occupancy bedrooms with private bathroom and shared, fully-equipped kitchen. Bedding, wifi, coin operated laundry and 24 hour security are provided.

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