Defence and Disease

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Defence and Disease

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: Any two second year MCB semester courses, MAM1004F (or MAM1000W), STA1007S or STA1000F/S.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    36
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    6
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    9
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    This course will introduce the vertebrate immune system and its components such as MHC cell structure and pathogen recognition. The immune systems of invertebrates and plants will then be examined. The focus will switch to the three major disease challenges in South Africa, HIV, TB and malaria, and host-pathogen interactions. Finally, the course will focus on strategies to produce vaccines that enable immunity to viral infection.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.