Splash Hilary 2018
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Arts

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A103: Setting school to rights
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jose Mario Dellow

Performance art workshop

Lesson plan:
-30 minutes: Discuss lists (see ‘prerequisites’) brought to the lesson.
-10minutes: Presentation on performance artists who use institutional critique.
-45 minutes: Each student will write speeches/performances inspired by the artists they have just learnt about. this will be in relation to their own insinuation.
-25 minutes: Performances by each student where we will also consider the idea of a 'crit'.


Prerequisites
1. Students are interested to learn something about performance art. 2. Students are interested to try out some performance art 3. CRUCIALLY Each student brings the following: A list of five things they would change about their school if they could. This might be anything. Very abstract or very practical. It could perhaps relate to the people in the school or the make up of the institution. Please think hard about your choices as we'll be discussing your ideas together.


Humanities

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H89: Horrible Histories: The Witch Hunts of Early Modern Europe
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Amani Mohamed

The Witch Hunts of Early Modern Europe were a terrifying time for many. Hundreds were executed on dubious charges of "witchcraft." What was the ideology driving them? Why did they happen when they did? Come along to find out!

H99: From Books to Breakfast: Social Activism in the Civil Rights Movement
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ebruba Abel-Unokan

The American Civil Rights Movement is very often depicted in binary terms: the nonviolent protest of Dr. King contrasted with the 'by any means necessary' doctrine of Malcolm X. This class will provide much more in-depth coverage of the period, focussing on the social programmes run by groups such as the Black Panther Party and the apolitical wings of the movement, ultimately demonstrating why the dichotomy between violent and nonviolent protest is actually a simplification of the period's political climate.

H96: Imperialism and Power: Rome 264-146 B.C.
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Toby Paterson

This short period was characterized by turmoil and war, beginning with the First Punic War and ending with the destruction of Carthage.

The lesson will consist of learning about the different historical interpretations of these events. This overview will include you thinking about the nature of written source material, alongside what can be learned from epigraphic and archaeological evidence. To compliment this, you will be invited to consider this in light of sociological theory, thinking about how theory can provide concepts for historical analysis.

H93: 'MAKE SPLASH GREAT AGAIN': Populism in Politics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alex PW

'We want our country back!'
'Drain the swamp!'
'The system is rigged!'

Populism has been one of the driving forces of politics recently. But what exactly is it? Why has it become more effective? And will it help the people take back control or is it dangerous or divisive? We'll discuss all this and more.

H104: Linear B - Cracking the Ancient Code
Difficulty: **

Linear B was a writing system used by the Mycenaean civilisation. The script was used between c. 1450 and c. 1100 BCE, predating the Greek alphabet by several centuries. Yet why did it take over 50 years for us to understand it? The story of the decipherment of Linear B is one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language. In this class we will follow this process and look at the intricacies of the script - after all, Linear A still needs to be deciphered!

H95: The Philosophy and Economics of Happiness
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sean Kemsley

If happiness is something that everyone wants why can't we seem to agree on what it is or how to get it? Most people devote quite a bit of thought and energy to the pursuit of happiness so the answers we give to these questions have profound implications about the way we live our lives. In this class we will be looking at a variety of ideas about happiness within Philosophy and Economics including those from ancient Greece, Buddhism, the 19th century utilitarians and the contemporary thinkers who seek to scientifically measure happiness. This class does not require any prior knowledge of Philosophy or Economics. There will be lots of opportunities for small group discussion.

H88: Romance Comic Books, the Cold War, and Teaching Women Their Place
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sydney Heifler

In 1947, Prize Comics published Captain American creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s first issue of Young Romance. Young Romance established romance comic books as a popular genre in the early Cold War era. Many titles and subgenera's followed suit. Romance comic books became the best selling comic books of their time, rendering them important and influential in comic book and social history.

Through plotlines, romance comic books instructed young white women to worship and adhere to the tenets of the American domestic ideal.


Prerequisites
None.

H90: 'Irish but Conformable": Assimilation, Integration, and Religious Toleration in an English Planter Town, 1610-1711
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amani Mohamed

Religious toleration, or the lack thereof, was a hot topic in the 17th century. Religion was a prime way for rulers to exercise control, and conformity to state imposed religion was a key way to exercise this control. But in some community on the British Isles, there were attempts to make toleration. This seminar asks the question: what were the requisites for toleration, and why did it happen where it did?

H101: Bioethics:The Philosophy of Scientific Morality
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ishwarya Sivakumar

One of the fundamental skills a scientist or physician needs is the ability to rationalize right and wrong. Right and wrong, however, is often a grey area (especially in the presence of several situational variables). This course will be a discussion-based seminar; we will look into several scientific scenarios and try to rationalize the best course of action. We will also look into past events that have shaped the field of bioethics. The science of thought and the scientific analysis must flow hand-in-hand.


Lunch

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L106: 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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M105: Mathematical Puzzles
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Samuel Banks

We will look at a small collection of the many, many mathematical puzzles that have been proposed over the course of history, looking not only for the solution but also an explanation of why the solution is correct. What patterns can you spot? Is it always possible to solve the puzzle? How might different problems be linked together?

M92: Game Theory and Thermonuclear War
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sam Clarke

We will take a look at some basic solution concepts in Game Theory, like Nash Equilibria, and some basic social welfare concepts. Then there will be some interactive games for students to play against each other where they try to apply (or not apply!) these concepts (for example like on the game show Golden Balls). Then we will try, as a class, to do a naive game theoretic analysis of the thermonuclear war game and maybe the Brexit Game if there is time

M102: 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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S97: Circadian Rhythms and Sleep: the dangers of disrupting our body clocks and what to do about it
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Lloyd

What's better than curing diseases? Preventing them in the first place! Improving our understanding of circadian rhythms could help us prevent a wide range of diseases. Our internal body clock drives daily cycles in many physiological processes and keeps our behaviours synchronised with the outside world. Sleep is the most obviously circadian behaviour, and one of the most dangerous to disrupt. Yet many of us are chronically sleep deprived, with serious long-term health implications. In this lesson we’ll explore the workings of the body clock, how this affects sleep, and the perils of poor sleep. Finally, we’ll discuss practical measures to make society sleep well again.

S107: Galapagos birds and Cancer cells
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sibyl BERTRAND

What makes a cancer cell so successful? Why is there no unique cure against all types of cancer?
Going back to Darwin and his discovery on Natural Selection, we will apply his theory and try to understand why, as the Galapagos birds, cancer cells can survive in a specific environment.

S100: Cancer and Immunotherapy
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yee Law

A description of what goes wrong during cancer in terms of cellular mechanisms, before drawing upon various, specific examples to demonstrate the various stages of its progression. Current options for treatment will be described and their efficacy and drawbacks discussed; I will then move on to explain the concept of using immunotherapy, and elaborate on fields that I have worked on before during summer programs in Israel, including adoptive cell transfer and the usage of monoclonal antibodies, before describing more recent research that has been taking place especially regarding anti-PD-1 and PD-L1 checkpoint signalling inhibitors.


Miscellaneous

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X91: How To Think Good
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Jordan

This class is about the most interesting features and flaws of the human mind. Our brains come pre-set with some amazing abilities, like acquiring languages, recognizing faces, and judging right and wrong. But the mind is also equipped with some less helpful features: we think we're smarter than we really are, we selectively pay attention to information that confirms our beliefs, and we make decisions based on gut feelings instead of good reasons. In this course, we'll learn how to combat these bad mental habits, and become more reasonable, rational, and persuasive.

X94: Yoga for YOUth
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Natasha Chawla

A practical look at yoga and its benefits - physically, mentally and emotionally. This class provides tools to keep in your life-box.