MA-SE Race to Heaven: The Anthropology of Earth and Outer Space

  • Teaching

    Details

    Faculty Faculty of Humanities
    Domain Social Sciences
    Code UE-L37.00964
    Languages English
    Type of lesson Seminar
    Level Master
    Semester SA-2022

    Schedules and rooms

    Summary schedule Wednesday 10:15 - 12:00, Hebdomadaire (Autumn semester)

    Teaching

    Responsibles
    Teachers
    Description

    Space tourism, colonization of Moon and Mars, asteroids as resource providers, and the apparently endless possibilities of capitalist expansion in the Solar System are some of the visions that the commercial advocates of spaceflight discuss today. But the perspective of leaving the Earth generates a plethora of other questions, too. For example, who do asteroids belong to? Who has the right to settle new planets? Do we want to reproduce existing gender, ‘racial’, ethnic, economic and other inequalities on Mars? Can we not reproduce them? Do we want to exploit and ruin other planets in a similar way that we have ruined the Earth? Do we need religions on Mars, and if yes which ones? Are humans in Space still human, or do we need the Earth to be who we are?

    In this course we will read our way through academic, commercial, legal, and sci-fi literature to understand the ethical, geopolitical, philosophical, and societal questions that necessarily arise around spaceflight and the exploration of Outer Space at the very moment when these become reality.

    The course language is English.

    Training objectives

    Learning Objectives

    • Students learn to analyze complex social-political developments, and to place them in current debates and in a broader intellectual history

    Students practice and improve upon academic oral presentation and debating skills

    Comments

    Performance and evaluation:

    Regular and active participation in class is compulsory. Attendance in the class and preparation of the given readings are part of the workload. Students are expected to read the compulsory literature and formulate one discussion question or a reflection for each class based on that literature. In addition, students prepare individually or in small groups a 10-15 minute input on one of the topics discussed in the course.

    Softskills
    No
    Off field
    Yes
    BeNeFri
    Yes
    Mobility
    Yes
    UniPop
    No
  • Dates and rooms
    Date Hour Type of lesson Place
    21.09.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    28.09.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    05.10.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    12.10.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    19.10.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    26.10.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    02.11.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    09.11.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    16.11.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    23.11.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    30.11.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    07.12.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    14.12.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
    21.12.2022 10:15 - 12:00 Cours PER 21, Room E130
  • Assessments methods

    Séminaire - SA-2022, Session d'hiver 2023

    Date 23.01.2023 00:01 - 23:59
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    Séminaire - SP-2023, Session d'été 2023

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    Séminaire - SP-2023, Autumn Session 2023

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    Séminaire - SA-2023, Session d'hiver 2024

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  • Assignment
    Valid for the following curricula:
    Culture, Politics and Religion in Pluralist Societies 30 [MA]
    Version: SA18_MA_P2/PS_bi_v01
    Profils > Profil (Dés)ordres politiques et normatifs > ANTHRO 2 (Dés)ordres normatifs en mouvement

    Culture, Politics and Religion in Pluralist Societies 90 [MA]
    Version: SA18_MA_PA_bi_v01
    Option > Option Religion et société > REL 3 Interdisciplinaire
    Option > Option (Dés)ordres politiques et normatifs > ANTHRO 2 (Dés)ordres normatifs en mouvement
    Option > Option Dynamiques sociales et culturelles > SOCIO 3 Interdisciplinaire

    Eastern European Studies 30 [MA]
    Version: SA22_MA_P2_bi_v01
    2 von 3 Fachmodulen müssen absolviert werden > Modul Minor 3: Sozialwissenschaften

    Eastern European Studies 30 [MA]
    Version: SA13_MA_P2_bi_v01
    MA OES Science politique et Anthropologie sociale

    Eastern European Studies 90 [MA]
    Version: SA22_MA_PA_bi_v01
    Fachmodule > Modul Major 3 > Modul Major 3: Sozialwissenschaften
    Fachmodule > Modul Major 3 > Modul Major 3: Sozialwissenschaften + Masterkolloquium

    Eastern European Studies 90 [MA]
    Version: SA13_MA_PA_bi_v01
    MA OES Science politique et Anthropologie sociale