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Course Details

Course Code: SPST622 Course ID: 3720 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Since the beginning of the Space Age, U.S. Civil Space Policy has been a cornerstone in determining space organizational structures, mission objectives, and resource distribution. From the launch of Explorer 1 through the Apollo Program Moon landings and continuing on to the Space Shuttle and International Space Station operations, the U.S. Government has been heavily involved in establishing space exploration and exploitation. A study of the various players in the space community, the various government interfaces, and an emphasis on budget development is important to study the roles that policy has played in our nation’s space program.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

  • CO-1: Examine space policy through an assessment of historical context
  • CO-2: Describe the various processes and players involved in the creation of space policy
  • CO-3: Analyze past and current space policy issues through case studies
  • CO-4: 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.
  • CO-5: Examine elements of space law, including space treaties and agreements, and its relationship to policy making
  • CO-6: Analyze the economics, commerce, and business aspects of space
  • CO-7: Review military space policy and examine elements of military space policy implementation
  • CO-8: Formulate future space policy by examining the current space and political environments
  • CO-9: Locate proper sources of data/information for weekly essays and research papers
NameGrade %
Homework 35.00 %
Assignment 1 - Week 2 7.00 %
Assignment 2 - Week 3 7.00 %
Assignment 3 - Week 4 7.00 %
Assignment 4 - Week 5 7.00 %
Assignment 5 - Week 6 7.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Forum Discussion Questions 20.00 %
Forum Question 2 2.86 %
Forum Question 3 2.86 %
Forum Question 4 2.86 %
Forum Question 5 2.86 %
Forum Question 6 2.86 %
Forum Question 7 2.86 %
Forum Question 8 2.86 %
Final Examination 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Introductory Forum 5.00 %
Forum 1 5.00 %
Book Title: Space and Defense Policy
Author: Pilch, Frances / Coletta, Damon (Ed.)
Publication Info: Routledge N. Y.
ISBN: 9780415778794
Book Title: Space Politics and Policy
Author: Sadeh, Eligar
Publication Info:
ISBN: 9781402009020

Book Title:Space and Defense Policy - eBook available in the APUS Online library
Publication Info:Routledge N. Y.
Author:Pilch, Frances / Coletta, Damon (Ed.)
Unit Cost:$56.35
Book Title:Space Politics and Policy: An EvolutionaryPerspective - eBook available in the APUS Online library
Author:Sadeh, Eligar
Unit Cost:$230.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.