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Course Code: SPST635 Course ID: 4943 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course reviews the historical significance and discoveries made by astronomers ranging from the early Greeks and Mayans through the discoveries of recent times using modern techniques and tools such as the Hubble Space Telescope. As both a history class and a science class, this course bridges the two by examining the interconnection of the events and people involved in astronomy through the ages as well as analyzing the observations that have formed the core of humanity's effort to understand and describe what we see around us. The majority of the course materials are primary sources, as students will read many of the original papers that have brought us to our current understanding of the universe. A major component of this course is learning to interpret history for different audiences in a wide variety of writing assignments.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Book Title:The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction *Note: the price provided is for the VitalSource eBook
Publication Info:Oxford Univ Press
Author:Michael Hoskin
Unit Cost:$9.79
Electronic ISBN:9780192803061
Electronic Unit Cost:$9.79
Book Title:Dispatches from Planet 3: Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond - eBook available in the APUS Online library
Publication Info:Yale University Press Lib
Author:Marcia Bartusiak
Unit Cost:$26.00
Book Title:The Day We Found the Universe - eBook available in the APUS Online library
Publication Info:Vintage/Knopf Doubleday Lib
Author:Marcia Bartusiak
Unit Cost:$14.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.