Biology, History and the Future of Cancer

This course is part of the UBC Future Global Leaders Online program for high school students ages 15–18.

One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. One in four people will die of cancer. Discuss the biological mechanisms that underlie cancer development. Understand how a cell gains an ability to proliferate uncontrollably, invade nearby tissues and spread throughout the body. Learn about cancer therapies, the history of the disease and why so many countries are racing to end cancer once and for all. This course is ideal if you’re interested in biological sciences or medical sciences.

SOFYA LANGMAN is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC and a graduate research assistant at the BC Cancer Research Centre. Her research focuses on childhood brain tumours, and cancer adaptations to micro-environmental stresses.

Course Format

During the course, from Monday to Friday, you’re online for two hours a day attending a live, virtual class. You can log on from wherever you are. Class times are in the Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver, BC, Canada) and vary by session.

In addition to the live virtual classes, you can expect to spend 4–5 hours per week reading, researching and participating in discussion boards.

All UBC Future Global Leaders students have access to the online Virtual Student Lounge where they can hang out and develop friendships with students from across Canada and around the world.

Learning Technology
We use Canvas, an intuitive and easy-to-use web-based learning application. You will receive instructions to access this application two business days before your first class.

UBC Extended Learning suggests that you have the following technology in order to keep up with the program and complete assignments online:

  • access to a computer that meets the following minimum specifications:
    • Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
  • a reliable internet connection

You can also use your iOS or Android mobile device by downloading the Canvas App in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

After you register, you are directed to create an account. If you are a parent, guardian or other adult registering, please create the account in the name of the high school student attending UBC Future Global Leaders, not in your name.

Available Sessions

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