Astronomy and Cosmologies
Spring 2016 quarter
Our goal in this program is to learn beginning to intermediate astronomy through lectures, discussions, interactive workshops, and observation using the naked eye, binoculars, and telescopes. We will learn about the evolution and structure of our universe and its celestial bodies. Students will build and take home astronomical tools such as spectrometers and position finders. Students will also research a topic of interest via observations and reading and share their research with classmates.
In our seminars, we will discuss the idea of cosmologies: how people across cultures and throughout history have understood, modeled, and ordered the universe they perceived. We will study creation stories and worldviews, from those of ancient peoples to modern astrophysicists. Students will meet in small teams for pre-seminar discussion and write essays and responses to the readings.
Students taking this program must be willing to work in teams and use computers for online assignments. Students are invited to help organize an observation field trip to regions with clear skies.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day