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Fall 2017
Sep 22, 2017
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STIA 351 - Spaceflight and Society
Spaceflight is a powerful marker of technological and societal achievement in the modern age, and the number of spacefaring nations and aspirants continues to increase. What does spaceflight accomplish? What are its costs and benefits to societies? What does spaceflight mean? This course is a reading- and discussion-rich seminar designed to explore the history and impact of spaceflight, primarily in American society but also in the context of international competition and cooperation. The class will examine political, national security, economic, scientific, social, cultural, and other factors that have shaped the history and practice of space exploration. Students will encounter debates and decisions shaping U.S. efforts in space and policy issues that must be addressed to determine the future goals, pace, and organization of U.S. space activities, both public and private. The purpose of the course is to become more conversant in, and more analytical about, the origins and ideologies of spaceflight for a better understanding of the human movement into space.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Science, Tech, & Int'l Affairs Department

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