Splash Hilary 2017
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Arts

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A68: Reading Film
Difficulty: **

English is not just about classics. In this class, we will be using techniques you've used to study exam texts (and some more interesting ones) to look at popular films of today.
Course will entail close analysis of two film scenes, and some group work on character and plot


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of the films 'Avengers: Assemble' and/or 'Titanic' (1997)

A80: Very Short Plays for the Stage
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Caroline McArdle

Learn to write a play! Explore archetypes and impossible characters, direct-to-audience monologues and theatrical time and space in a brief introduction to major trends in modern playwriting. Then, spend some time freewriting and casting your plays. Reading aloud is encouraged, but optional! Expect: new scripts, Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, Danny Hoch's monologues, anything else you want. I came to playwriting as an English major and an actor, but it's great for anyone who loves/wants to get better at public speaking, listening, singing, storytelling, dancing, debating.

A77: 'It was love at first sight': How to Read Opening Lines
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lizzie Shelmerdine

A crash-course in reading and writing first lines of novels, short stories, and poems. We will be looking at how to unlock meaning in texts by analysing language in detail, and discussing how to write a first line that sparks the reader's interest. This class hopes to provide students with analytical skills and inspiration to keep on reading!


Prerequisites
English GCSE

A84: Films v Books
Difficulty: *

Comparing a scene from three books ('We Need to Talk About Kevin', 'Northanger Abbey' and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows') to the portrayal of the same scene in the film we will look into differences and similarities in the techniques used and question why these differences occur and the effect of these differences.


Prerequisites
None


Humanities

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H73: Improvised Comedy and Virtue Ethics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Steven Firmin

This course will introduce students to the virtue ethics tradition from Aristotle through Aquinas, using improvised comedy as a tool to aid understanding of key concepts like character, virtue, and moral transformation.


Prerequisites
An interest in the ethics and philosophy a-level, theatre/drama, or both!

H81: Ethnic Conflict and Intervention in Yugoslavia
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sean Kemsley

An introduction to the fascinating history of the multi-ethnic Yugoslav Federation and its eventual tragic demise. This class requires no prior knowledge but will be most enjoyable for those interested in history and international relations/conflict.

We will cover the history of Yugoslavia from it's post WW1 origins, though Nazi-occupation, communist rule and finally war and disintegration in the 1990s, which will be our particular focus. We will discuss the role of Western intervention and consider what lessons, if any, can be learned about responding to contemporary conflicts and keeping the peace in divided societies.

H79: Politics: How are decisions made? Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Samuel Banks

Over the past year, there have been a lot of big (and sometimes surprising) political events. But how does politics actually work? How are decisions made? And in a democracy, how can we make our voices heard? Come along to explore more of the structure of UK politics, consider the factors in decision making and, in our democracy, what you can do to have an influence.

H63: Women in Peacekeeping: The Case of Liberia
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Georgina Hayward

In this class, we will explore the impact that the women of Liberia had on the peace process of the 13 year long Liberian Civil war. In doing this we will also learn about the key themes of the war, the participants in the conflict and the impacts of other groups in the international community. Overall, this course aims to teach students about the ways in which women can have an impact in male-dominated spheres.

H72: The Just War Tradition in Christianity and Islam
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Steven Firmin

This course will introduce students to the Just War traditions of Christianity and Islam, and how they relate to things they might see on the news every day, such as the political rhetoric of ISIS, Al-Qaeda etc. as well as examples from Western governments such as invasions of Syria, Kosovo etc. Emphasis will be placed on understanding these modern occurrences in their historical contexts, not on making normative judgements about correct or incorrect use of force. Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on discerning how the two traditions historically overlap and differ in their concerns about just war.


Prerequisites
Preferably students taking an A-Level ethics and philosophy course, but all upper level students with an interest in religion, ethics, and politics would be welcome.

H65: An Introduction to Positive Psychology and Stress Reduction
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emily Meachon

This class will explore the growing field of positive psychology and its applications to stress reduction in daily life. Topics covered will include: the history of positive psychology, mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), meditation, and more. Students will enjoy both conceptual learning and hands-on experience with some techniques covered. Those interested in psychology and/or those looking to gain skills in reducing stress are especially encouraged to attend. All students are welcomed

H70: Hong Kong: Britain's Chinese city and its EXPLOSIVE politics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alex PW

Interested in politics? Want to learn about democracy, communism, freedom and capitalism... when they're all mixed together!?

No prior knowledge is required. Hong Kong was a colony in the British Empire for 150 years, and its political history is explosive and fascinating - and incredibly relevant! In this class, you'll be introduced to the drama that shaped this extraordinary city, from when Britain first captured it, the 1997 handover to China right up to the present where students protest with yellow umbrellas.

Is Hong Kong part of China? Did the British Empire end honourably? Is democracy doomed in Hong Kong? Sign up to find out.

H64: Aristotelian Ethics (Or; How To Live Your Best Life)
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Arran Elcoate

Want to learn how to live your best life? Want to flourish as a person? Want to learn how to always make the right choices? Aristotle may be able to help you.

In this class we will explore Aristotle's ethical system and the manner in which he thought one should live and how he thought best to decide right from wrong. There'll be an opportunity to engage with some of Aristotle's work in English translation, to engage in some philosophical debates and to engage with one of the most important minds in the history of the Western world. Hope to see you there!


Lunch

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L87: Lunch Period
Difficulty: None
Teachers:

Enjoy a break for lunch with your friends! Please register for at least one lunch period on each day of the program.


Math & Computer Science

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M76: Sequences and series Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Caspar Phillips

A sequence goes 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16... What do you get if you add up all the terms to infinity? A few visual tricks can help you solve problems like these without using any algebra! This lesson will look at some interesting and visual tricks to answer some of these series and sequence questions.

M82: An Introduction to Graph Theory
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rhys Steele

Graph Theory is a rich area of mathematics with many applications in subjects from computer science to biology. However, at it's core, it's just the study of a special type of picture made up of dots and lines connecting them. In this class, we'll start with some puzzles and see how thinking about these pictures (Graphs) can help us to solve them.


Prerequisites
None, although if you're already familiar with Graph Theory this class probably isn't for you.

M66: Game Theory: An Excuse to be Self-Interested
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Catherine Vlasov

Have you ever wondered how goalies pick which side to jump to when defending a shot? Have you ever thought about strategies that contestants in The Hunger Games could use to increase their chances of winning?

This class will introduce you to game theory, the study of conflict and cooperation between players in a game. We will start from the basics, play a couple of games and learn how to develop strategies that will lead to the best possible outcome for you. For once, being selfish is not just acceptable, it is actually encouraged!


Science

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S69: How to Rob a Bank Using Quantum Physics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amy Hughes

This class will give an introduction to the world of quantum computing - a phenomenon rapidly moving from the realm of science fiction into a technological reality.

What is a quantum computer? How does it work? And why would it be useful for a bank robber?

S71: Mutation: a tutorial
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Charlotte Ferguson

We will go over the basics of the genetic code, and discuss how mutations in our DNA can lead to disease, using cancer as an example.

This will be a tutorial-style session; by the end you will be capable of completing a finals-style question!

S75: Mitochondria, Disease and Ethics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Lloyd

The mitochondrion is well-known as the "powerhouse of the cell", crucial for providing us with the energy we need. Recently this organelle has gained attention for its role in disease, and its treatment using mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) to produce "three-parent babies". We'll examine the function of mitochondria, how they can cause disease, and the possible methods and ethical implications of MRT.

S83: DNA: From peas to Nazism Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sibyl BERTRAND

Our society is partially shaped by scientific discoveries. This happens since we can use the word ‘society’ and it has allowed us to improve vision of the world. But which scientific discoveries in genetics have ‘mutated’ our way of thinking regarding different subjects like family, food, and how to cure diseases?

I suggest to chronologically follow the main genetics discoveries, from Mendel and his pea plants to Hitler and Nazism, by way of Watson and Crick and the structure of the double helix. Then we will try to make a parallel with the evolution of our society at these specific times.

S74: MRI: medical imaging and molecules
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jack Holland

Magnetic resonance imaging - MRI for short, is a medical marvel. MRI utilises fundamental properties of atoms and molecules in order to provide us with images of the interior of our bodies. In this class I will try and teach you how we go from such mysterious things as atoms and molecules all the way up to the familiar image provided by this technique.


Prerequisites
Some basic knowledge of physics such as the idea of an electric current and magnetic field. Some basic chemical knowledge such as the idea of atoms and molecules.


Miscellaneous

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X85: Studying at Oxford
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lizzie Shelmerdine

What is life like as a student at Oxford? What reasons are there to consider Oxford, or university more generally?
The access officer from Corpus Christi College is visiting Splash 2017 to talk to anyone who is interested. He works with students from all backgrounds and will discuss how you as a student can benefit from his work.

X86: Studying at Oxford
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lizzie Shelmerdine

What is it like to study at Oxford? How does the application process work? Whether you're just starting to think about university or already keen to learn more about Oxford, this is an opportunity to ask questions and learn more. The access officer from Corpus Christi College is visiting Splash 2017 to talk to anyone who is interested. He works with students from all backgrounds and will discuss applying to Oxford and what it's like to study here.