Astrosociology in the Classroom - 100 Year Starship Symposium 2013 - Jim Pass and Kathleen D. Toerpe
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Absent from much current space education is instruction in the human dimension of space research and exploration. This slideshow addresses this gap with Introduction to Astrosociology, a ...
Absent from much current space education is instruction in the human dimension of space research and exploration. This slideshow addresses this gap with Introduction to Astrosociology, a competency-based, college and professional-level course, offering multidisciplinary instruction in the reciprocal relationship between outer space and human societies. Developed as part of the Astrosociology Research Institute's Astrosociology in the Classroom initiative, this course draws upon research in the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and the arts to facilitate student understanding of how space affects human societies right now and into the future. Course themes analyze political and social imperatives related to space, technology transfers, privatization of exploration, commercialization of space assets, planetary defense, discovery of non-Earth life, space tourism, law and medicine. Based in the emerging discipline of astrosociology, this course helps to prepare students and professionals alike for humanity's spacefaring future.
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