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EC 020 – TAP:Econ of Space Exploration

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Exploration of a current economic issue. Topics vary and may include international trade, debts and deficits, environment, ethnicity, race and gender, and employment and work.

Section Description: This course examines the costs and benefits of manned and unmanned space exploration. The central focus of the course is on the public policy question of the proper relationship between NASA and the emerging private launch industry. Students are introduced to basic economic tools and concepts, such as opportunity costs, cost-benefit analysis and public goods. The course covers space vehicle technology, an introduction to orbital mechanics, and cutting-edge technologies. The Russian space program is also covered in some detail.

CRN: 91192

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 18/19

Days Time Location
TR 16:25 - 17:40 OLD MILL 221

Instructor(s): William Arch Gibson

Meeting Dates: 29 Aug 2016 - 09 Dec 2016