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Spring 2016
Astronomy 98/198
1 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

 Extraterrestrial intelligence and the concept of alien civilizations have been topics of discussion since the beginning of recorded human history. From the earliest cave paintings to modern scientic searches for non-human lifeforms, we take an interdisciplinary approach to studying the search for life beyond earth. We draw from a variety of sources, e.g., scientific articles and papers, movies and tv shows, ancient texts, and more. By using a variety of sources we attempt to reconcile scientific approaches with conspiracy theories, UFO sightings, science fiction and media representations of aliens. We hope for students to come out of this course with a broad understanding of aliens. Specically, they should understand multiple scientic perspectives on E.T., public views on aliens and encounters, and the way they are portrayed and talked about in modern society.

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." -Carl Sagan



 One one-hour lecture per week. Class will consist of 30-40 minutes lectures followed by a non-structured, super freeform discussion of the previous weeks' readings. Some weeks will include clips or additional hand-outs in class to supplement the lecture. Student performance will be evaluated simply: 40 percent commentary, 40 percent final projects, and 20 percent participation.


Each week will have readings, as listed on the syllabus. Students will also turn in a 3-5 sentence commentary regarding the readings (graded for completion) at the beginning of that week's lecture. We will give students questions each week (via email) that must be answered in their commentary. Commentary must be turned in in class unless there are special circumstances.

How to Enroll:

Students will be enrolled based on a first come, first serve policy. CCN's will be handed out to students that arrive on time to our first class.

Course Contact: isabelangelo AT, thomas.c.fitzpatrick AT

Faculty Sponsor: Dan Kasen

Time & Location:

Isabel Angelo
Thomas Fitzpatrick
25Campbell 131ATu 5p-6p1/26started

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Aliens!.pdfDec 485kbAdobe PDF (Viewer)View Download

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