Course Name: The Space between the Stars: Human Space Exploration and Society
Instructor: Amanda Bowman
Have you ever looked up at the stars and wondered what’s out there? Or thought about what it would be like to walk on the moon? If so, you’re not alone! Since the beginning of history, humans have looked upwards and outwards, trying to understand the universe around them. The first fiction about space exploration appeared in the 1800s, before we could even possibly dream of stepping off our little planet. This course will examine the past, present and future of space exploration, as well as the interplay between space exploration and human society and culture. How has the path of space exploration been shaped by the politics and current events of the time? How have discoveries made through space exploration, in turn, affected society? How has science fiction influenced developments in space technology? Will we someday have the ability to colonize Mars…and more importantly, should we? From the International Space Station to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, we will delve into exciting topics such as the birth of rocketry, the Space Race, the privatization of spaceflight, colonization of other planets, and space exploration in fiction.