Daily, we are bombarded with interesting and novel breakthroughs involving claims that may or may not be true. In this age of "alternative facts" and evidence-free assertions, critical thinking is of paramount importance. From our home base in London, we will explore the history of science and pseudoscience through visits to research institutes, museums, and historic sites including Stonehenge, Bath, Cambridge University, Freud’s house in London, and Darwin’s house in Downe.
Absolutely, I would recommend this program. It was chock full of curricular activities that were one in a million, but also plenty of time to explore with peers and get to know the city even better. I will treasure the memories I made and the sights I saw forever! - summer 2022 participant
I LOVED how the days had equal time with curricular and extracurricular activities, and the destinations we went to covered everything from art to history to science and everything in between; I enjoyed learning alongside my peers, and definitely made friends to last a lifetime! - summer 2022 participant
Carolyn Hildebrandt, Professor
Campus Address: BAR 1077
Carolyn loves traveling and has visited the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Canada, and Mexico. Carolyn led the Capstone in London program in 2018, 2019 and 2022. She looks forward to taking another group to London in 2023!
This program can fulfill a number of credit options. Students should consult with their academic advisor on how participation in this program would fit into their academic plan. Each student participant will be enrolled into one of the 3-credit courses listed below by Study Abroad Center staff.
PSYCH 3310: Psychology of Science and Pseudoscience (3 credit hours). This course is part of the UNIFI Certificate in Critical Thinking and Information Literacy. It also counts as a UNIFI Connect elective, Psychology elective or university elective. All majors are welcome.
CAP 3130 Science and Pseudoscience: Critiquing the World around You (3 credit hours). Prerequisite(s) for capstone credit: junior standing. Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken this capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application. All majors are welcome.
PSYCH 4198: Independent Study (3 credit hours), with instructor consent. Specific criteria must be met prior to approval for enrollment. Specifically, the student must have already completed PSYCH 3310 or CAP 3130 (the other enrollment options for the program).
The purpose of the course is to explore the history of science and pseudoscience from an interdisciplinary, multicultural perspective. Cross-cultural goals include comparing the study of science and pseudoscience in England and the U.S., and learning about current social and cultural issues. Participation in this program requires six on-campus class meetings prior to the travel dates, as well as daily excursions and reflections in England. Please contact the course leader for more information regarding these meetings. Note that the meetings during the spring semester do not correspond to a credit-bearing course. The actual course is scheduled during the summer (first 6-week session). The Study Abroad Center will enroll participants in the summer course during the spring semester.
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Distinguish science, pseudoscience, protoscience, and religion
- Describe the scientific method and identify uses and abuses of it
- Define theory, fact, and hypothesis; describe the importance of theories in scientific research
- List common logical fallacies and cognitive biases and give examples of each
- Define anomalistic psychology, give examples of anomalistic ideas, how they are formed, how they are maintained, and how they can be explained and/or refuted.
- Discuss and critically evaluate current controversies (e.g., evolution, climate change, vaccines) from multiple perspectives.
- Explain how to identify fake news, disinformation, and misinformation in print and electronic media
- Describe similarities and differences in current social, scientific, and political issues in the U.S. and the U.K.
- Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
- Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
Tentative Program Dates: Tuesday, May 30 (depart) - Tuesday, June 13 (return), 2023
Class will meet for 60-90 minutes most mornings before group visits to the sites listed in the schedule below. There will be ample free time for students to explore other sites in London not listed on the schedule. Students will be given a transportation card for the subway and buses prior to departure. The card will be preloaded with enough credit to travel from Heathrow Airport to the St. Giles Hotel and for travel during the first few days of the program. Students will need to add credit to the card as necessary throughout the program.
Day 1: “Welcome to London!”
Check into the St. Giles Hotel
Welcome dinner at a Pizza Café
Day 2: “Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Living and Dying”
The British Museum
Picnic in the Park
Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour of London
Day 3:“Science, Medicine, and Magic"
Grocery shopping and picnic in Russell Square Park
The Grant Museum of Zoology
The Wellcome Collection
Hop-on, Hop-off Thames River Cruise
Day 4: “Theories of Evolution”
Excursion to Darwin's House in Downe
Lunch at the Queen’s Head Pub
Day 5: "Religious Diversity in London"
Visit a place of worship of your choice (e.g., Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buddhist Temple, London Central Mosque,
Friends House (Quaker), Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel)
Day 6: “History of Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment in the UK”
Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Turkish Tasting Buffet Dinner
Day 7: “British Contributions to Science and Technology”
Natural History Museum and London Science Museum
Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park
Day 8: “Weird Science: Anomalistic Psychology”
Lecture on "Ghosts and Hauntings" by Dr. Christopher French, Former Director of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths
College, London University)
Day 9: “Healing Waters, Sacred Stones”
Excursion to Stonehenge and Bath
Day 10: “Theories of the Unconscious Mind”
The Freud Museum
Regent's Park and Queen Mary's Rose Garden
Day 11: “Pioneers of Science and Medicine”
Excursion to Cambridge University
Punting on the River Cam
Day 12: “Science, Medicine, and Mercy”
Florence Nightingale Museum
The Foundling Museum
Day 13: "Free day"
There are so many choices! You can watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or visit the Tower of London,
the Sherlock Holmes Museum, the Charles Dickens Museum, or go on the ever- popular Harry Potter Studio Tour!
There are lots of scary ghost tours in London as well!
Day 14: "Farewell to London"
Depart for U.S.A.
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Important information to review:
Review the roles of the Advisee and the Advisor under the main menu Get Started
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Review and follow the travel recommendations of the CDC for International Travel
- Monitor appropriate websites for updates and information about COVID or other emergencies before departing and while in the destination country. The U.S. Embassy for the United Kingdom provides updates that can be found on their website
Housing & Meals
Students will stay in a hotel arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Thirteen breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners are built into the cost of the program. All other meals will be paid for by students out-of-pocket while abroad. Students are encouraged to try the local foods!
Capstone/UNIFI in London
Estimated Program Cost:
* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors
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*per semester, estimated, will vary per person
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Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad
The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:
- Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
- If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
- Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
- Must be over the age of 18 years old
- Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
- Must be in good standing with the University
- UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements, if applicable.
- Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
- All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
- Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.