GENS 211 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Space exploration and society: Past, Present, and Future
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GENS 211
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
Course Type
Second Foreign Language
Course Level
-
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course will examine the history of space exploration in a way accessible to motivated students of all majors and levels - not just engineers and scientists but also economists, fine artists, accountants, political scientists, musicians, philosophers, lawyers, movie makers and medical doctors. Analysis of the impact of space exploration will include industrial benefits, the novel phenomenon of commercial space and societal change from the artistic, literary, and philosophical standpoints including also the growing representation of women in the air and in space. Finally we shall consider the colonization of Mars and interdisciplinary issues such as nanotechnology and the dream of interstellar exploration. . This course will examine the history of space exploration in a way accessible to motivated students of all majors and levels - not just engineers and scientists but also economists, fine artists, accountants, political scientists, musicians, philosophers, lawyers, movie makers and medical doctors. Analysis of the impact of space exploration will include industrial benefits, the novel phenomenon of commercial space and societal change from the artistic, literary, and philosophical standpoints including also the growing representation of women in the air and in space. Finally we shall consider the colonization of Mars and interdisciplinary issues such as nanotechnology and the dream of interstellar exploration. . This course will examine the history of space exploration in a way accessible to motivated students of all majors and levels - not just engineers and scientists but also economists, fine artists, accountants, political scientists, musicians, philosophers, lawyers, movie makers and medical doctors. Analysis of the impact of space exploration will include industrial benefits, the novel phenomenon of commercial space and societal change from the artistic, literary, and philosophical standpoints including also the growing representation of women in the air and in space. Finally we shall consider the colonization of Mars and interdisciplinary issues such as nanotechnology and the dream of interstellar exploration.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • To learn non-calculus (arithmetic, basic algebra, basic trig) spaceflight foundations;
  • To apply basic knowledge to draw conclusions about the challenge of spaceflight;
  • To learn to consider critically the interaction of factors determining spaceflight policy
  • To gain an appreciation for geo-political differences in approach to spaceflight
  • To learn research and short essay writing on spaceflight and societal interactions.
Course Content The course provides a general introduction to the elements that make a space mission possible so that informed students can draw their own conclusions. It covers fundamental knowledge at the simplest mathematical level possible to allow students to judge technical claims independently. Case histories about several programs, both human and robotic, are analyzed to expose scientific, technological, and societal interactions. The students are exposed to the tools needed to develop personal critical thinking regarding space exploration, its benefits and its challenges.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction and general overview of the course and of the fundamental concepts. Check the class syllabus
2 The dream of human flight: ancient sources in prose, poetry, and the figurative arts. Lecture Notes
3 The Scientific Revolution: Dynamics (almost) without math and the reason things moves as they do Lecture Notes
4 How to plan, prepare, and submit your projects without stress: Software, sources, and intellectual ethics Lecture Notes
5 Space flight made easy and attractive 1: Your instruction manual to go from the ground to low earth orbit and back. Lecture Notes
6 Connection between flight, rocketry and society in the early 20th century: Different countries, different stories. Lecture Notes
7 Review Lecture Notes
8 Space flight made easy and attractive 2: Your instruction manual to go from low earth orbit to the moon and back. Lecture Notes
9 Spaceflight in modern art: music, film, and literature Lecture Notes
10 Women in the space program. The success story. Lecture Notes
11 Spaceflight made easy and attractive 3: Your instruction manual to go from low earth orbit to Mars and back. Lecture Notes
12 Spaceflight meets entrepreneurship: Space tourism and commercial space Lecture Notes
13 The open frontier: Interstellar travel and the amazing technologies to make it possible. Lecture Notes
14 Review Lecture Notes
15 Review Lecture Notes
16 Final Lecture Notes

 

Course Textbooks

Lecture Notes, Fabrizio Pinto

References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
2
30
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
1
40
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
60
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
4
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
2
14
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
5
Final / Oral Exam
1
5
    Total
150

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to critically discuss and interpret the theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of media and communication discipline.
2 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programs required by the mediaproduction process.
3 To be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice.
4 To be able to critically interpret theoretical debates concerning the relations between the forms, agents, and factors that play a role in the field of media and communication.
5 To be able to critically discuss and draw on theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of other disciplines complementing the field of media and communication studies.
6 To be informed about national, regional, and global issues and problems; to be able to generate problemsolving methods depending on the quality of evidence and research, and to acquire the ability to report those methods to the public.
7 To be able to gather, scrutinize and use with scientific methods the necessary data to for the processes of production and distribution.
8 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process towards personal and social goals.
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of media and communication, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1)
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level)

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest