The search for new drugs to treat a wide range of human ailments remain a great challenge to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Students will be given a perspective on the history of drug discovery to the present challenges in drug design. The medicinal chemistry content will provide students with an understanding of the complex biological and chemical problems that are involved in the design and synthesis of novel therapeutic agents. They will be given an in-depth analysis of the principles of identifying new compounds with the potential to be drugs, and their development for therapeutic use. Students will also be given an understanding of preclinical testing of drugs including the use of animal models for safety testing, intra and inter-species variations, detecting carcinogenicity in experimental systems and man, strategies of new initiatives in pharmaceutical development and risk assessment of pharmaceuticals. Introductory lectures will be followed by lectures in specialized areas of the subject given by experts in their field. In addition to formal lectures and interactive seminars, the course will provide tutorials with opportunities to critically-evaluate research papers. We will offer practical workshop sessions to reinforce the lectures.
This module examines how madness has been constructed and represented in western culture from the late Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. It looks at the medical and popular notions of madness prevailing at crucial historical moments, and analyses the ways in which the main themes related to madness (fragmentation, folly, lovesickness, alienation, melancholy, delusion, derangement) have been explored and exploited in a wide selection of genres, such as autobiography, diary writing, the novel, the short story, epic poetry, theatre and film.
Rick Altman’s “A Semantic/Syntactic Approach to Film Genre”
The Internet is often portrayed as unregulated and anarchic, rife with pornography and salacious lies. Laws regulating such content, typically predate the arrival of the World Wide Web. Internet technology, however, presents a number of challenges to what were previously settled legal issues such as whether an Internet service provider (ISP) should be held liable for defamatory material, as would a publisher or distributor of a newspaper. This module will consider such problems raised by the technology, and explore how different jurisdictions - particularly the UK, the EU and the US - have responded to this challenge. Policy issues surrounding legal reform will form an integral part of the module.
The Silent Years, 1910-1927 - Encyclopedia Britannica
Through the analysis of films produced since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and creation of Russia, this course aims to equip students to be able to comment on contemporary Russian films as they are released. Teaching and assessment focuses on identifying key industrial, thematic and genre trends and issues in contemporary Russian cinema, with a focus on the intersection of the national and transnational. Those without Russian will be able to participate fully in this course, although a reading knowledge can be useful for working on less well-known films. The secondary reading is in English, and all key films are subtitled.
Encore London - Encore Post Production
Through a detailed examination of a number of recent and contemporary French films this module aims to foster an understanding of the network of forces that have shaped French film production since major changes to cultural policy were implemented in France by the socialist Mitterrand administration in 1981. We will profile some of the ways in which French cinema reflects and interacts with French culture and society, and evaluate this in the light of social, political and cultural shifts in late 20th and 21st century French life. The module will be assessed through the production of a 'film note' in which students will select a film of their own choice, and across three written assignments they will progressively develop material about the film that situates it within its historical, industrial and cultural context. The module is research-based and requires a significant commitment to independent study.
Course Descriptions | Emerson College
The Visual Essay is a single-semester module (15 credits) which interrogates the links between the essay form and visual media. The module explores how film, still and moving image work can be constructed to produce arguments, debates, and other rhetorical forms. The module allows students to develop a short moving-image or video essay, focusing on its visual elements to create an essay, argument or other poetic form. Students will also acquire a broader historical and theoretical understanding of the essay form, in text, photography, illustration, film, video and digital media. Beginning with the essays of Montaigne, students will be introduced to the visual essay as a hybrid form that navigates the personal and the political, expression and argument, feeling and reason, in cinematic language. The module forms part of the production pathway for Single Honours Film Studies, and as a result requires students to have undertaken production modules at Level 4.