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SPST307 - Space Policy

Course Details

Course Code: SPST307 Course ID: 3154 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course assesses the various aspects of policy surrounding space activities and investigates how space policy evolves from historical contexts through policy outcomes, including law, commerce, the environment, international cooperation, and national security. (Prerequisites: SPST200 or SPST300)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Examine space policy through an assessment of historical context
  • Analyze space policy issues and case studies
  • Establish intellectual foundations for the integration of space policy in the overall civil, economic and security policies of the US and other space faring nations.
  • Properly find sources of data/information
  • Review sources of data/information for weekly essays

During this course, we can maintain contact in several ways. The first and best is via Message; next is my campus e-mail. Finally, feel free to call me. Although I don’t mind phone calls, most questions are best answered in writing so that the information can be referred to again in the future. Students are expected to maintain routine contact (weekly) throughout the course.

You will find a grading rubric attached to each assignment that will serve as a guide to use in understanding what will be important considerations for your submissions.

1. Post your responses in the correlated forum
2. Post responses to at least two other learners for each forum
3. Make sure you comply with ALL forum requirements each week


The short essays provide an analysis of a given reading. Each should be approximately 1.5 – 2 pages summarizing what you believe to be the most important point in the reading and your supporting argument or rationale. This essay expands on your forum response and shows a better understanding of the topic. Details are provided in the Assignments Tab.

Short Papers

The two short papers provide a deeper analysis of a given topic. The topic of one paper will be the 'Impacts of Space on the Economy' and the other will be 'Coalitions'. Each should be approximately 4-5 pages of double-spaced text, with supporting references, that expands your understanding of the respective paper topic. Detailed instructions are provided in the Assignments Tab.


There is a short quiz in week 6 that tests your understanding of that week's readings.

Final Paper

The final paper will test your ability to use the information learned throughout the course. The topic will be a Critique of U.S. National Space Policy. Details of this 10-12 page paper will be posted at the beginning of week 7 in the Assignments Tab and is due at the end of Week 8.

Your paper will automatically be submitted to for a similarity rating.

Please submit the paper in one of the following formats: .PDF; .DOC; .DOCX; or .TXT

NameGrade %
Student Essays 20.00 %
Week 2 - Essay: US National Space Policy Review 6.67 %
Week 4 - Essay: Policy Process 6.67 %
Week 5 - Essay: Presidents and Congress 6.67 %
Student Forum Replies 25.00 %
2F - US Space Policy Forum Responses 3.47 %
3F - Rationales and Economy Forum Responses 3.47 %
4F - Policy Process Forum Responses 3.47 %
5F - Presidents and Congress Forum Responses 3.47 %
6F - China's Growing Capabilities 3.47 %
7F - Coalitions Forum Responses 3.47 %
8F - Final Paper 3.47 %
1F - Introduction 0.69 %
Final Paper 20.00 %
Week 8 - Final Paper 20.00 %
Short Papers 25.00 %
Week 3 - Short Paper: Impacts of Space on the Economy 12.50 %
Week 7 - Short Paper: Coalitions 12.50 %
Quiz 10.00 %
307 Quiz 10.00 %

Supporting Documents

A complete package of supporting lesson briefings can be found within the Resources Folder. If additional material is required, such documents will be posted in the Resources area, with an alert posted in the Announcements area of the classroom.

Supporting Websites

Be sure to use the APUS Online Library Research Center, as well as the APUS Space Studies Homepage in support of your research efforts. Additional resources are listed at the end of this document.

Other Material and Research

Students are encouraged to refer to other professional, technical, or scientific publications to broaden the content and depth of their work as it relates to Space Policy.

Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Space and Defense Policy - E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author: No Author Specified
Unit Cost:$152.54

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.