US Space Policy

The Politics of the Stars

This 3 credit hour course is being offered Fall 2023 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:20-3:40 PM
A telescope aimed up at the milky way in the sky

Course Description

This course provides a broad survey of United States space policy and the national and international actors in the aerospace enterprise. A very basic level of ‘space-literacy’ and vocabulary is established in order to understand the origins and the social, political, and economic implications of space policy choices made by American leaders. The geography of space pursuits and the motivations behind various countries’ space policies are explored, before concluding with an exploration of the most significant policy issues of the day.

Discussions and assignments will be conducted at an intermediate level. No previous technical knowledge or prerequisites are required. Course materials will be provided in Carmen; there is no required textbook.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will possess an understanding of the complex

problems associated with the aerospace industry. Specifically, students will demonstrate:

1) An understanding of the public sector and its dynamics

2) The ability to analyze stakeholders and complex space policy issues

3) The ability to communicate in oral and written work an understanding of space policy and the global space economy

4) An appreciation for the differences among national and international actors in the private and public aerospace sectors.