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Faculty of Arts and SciencesAstronomyGerhard Sonnert
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2017-2018  (show academic calendar)MW   1:00 p.m. - 2:29 p.m.Science Ctr 216 (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level

In an age of magnificent astronomical progress and discoveries, the increasing knowledge of the cosmos has manifold repercussions in society and culture. This course will examine how outer space-related phenomena impact, or potentially impact, society and culture, and vice versa. Especially in light of the proliferating discovery of exoplanets, an intriguing topic of astrosociology is presented by the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations, their detection, communication with them, and even contact.

This course is being offered in anticipation of approval as a GenEd course in Fall 2018.

Exam Group

Cross Registration
Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.