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.
Course Description 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 Notes/Textbooks

Lecture Notes, Fabrizio Pinto

Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
2
30
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
30
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical 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
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
5
Final Exam
1
5
    Total
150

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to define and discuss the history, underlying concepts and theories of cinema and digital media.

2

To be able to develop a storytelling idea for cinema and digital media arts by using creativity and critical thinking.

3

To be able to operate specialized technical equipment and competently use software in the fields of cinema and digital media arts. 

4

To be able to execute the main tasks in the pre-production, production and post-production of an audio-visual work at the basic level including screenwriting, production planning, operating the camera, sound recording, lighting and editing.

5

To be able to perform a specialized task at an advanced level either for pre-production, production or post-production of an audio-visual work.

6

To be able to discuss how meaning is made through works of cinema and digital media; in what ways economics, politics and culture affect visual representation; how the conditions of production, consumption, distribution and interpretation shape images.

7

To be able to perform specialized tasks for creating digital media narratives with interactive elements.

8

To be able to conduct a critical analysis of a film or a work of digital media arts from technical, intellectual and artistic points of view.

9

To be able to take individual responsibility of a film or a digital media work from scratch to product in a problem-solving manner.

10

To be able to work as a crewmember by following norms of ethical conduct and taking initiative to improve the ethical standards of his/her working environment.

11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Cinema and Digital Media and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

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