Teacher: Brad Tucker and Emma Tucker

Are we alone? Are there aliens out there? Will we ever visit them on their planet or even live on another planet? Explore life in space, the creation of our planet, the parameters for searching for and finding life elsewhere, and the possibilities of becoming an inter-planetary species.

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This course is being offered online and face-to-face. To enrol as an online student, please check the box at enrolment point. Live streaming and presentation links will be provided after enrolment.

Course outline

  • Week 1 - Life and Astronomy: This will be an introduction to life in space from the context of astronomy.  What does astronomy has to say about how realistic it is that other life forms exist, and can we visit them?  We will explore topics such as exoplanets, the types of life that could exist, all centred around the Drake equation.
  • Week 2 - Living in space: We will explore the nature of living in space and being an inter-planetary species.  We will examine the health effects of space travel and how it will impact future exploration. 
  • Week 3 - What if there is life in space: What happens when we ask the question "Is Anybody Out There" and the answer is yes?  We will explore topics such as what happens to us if they are there and what happens to them? If life is possible, why haven’t we found?  We will also examine how the laws of physics impact the practical aspects of space travel and living in space, including whether life from space has come to Earth.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should,

  • have an understanding and appreciation of life in the context of the Universe
  • be able to identify and explain the current issues of both living in space and space travel for species
  • have some understanding of the questions and discussion of 'aliens' in both your everyday life and in society.

Who should enrol

Anyone who has ever wondered if we are alone - but has wanted to know more. If you've asked any of these questions and wondered whether it is possible to live in space - this course is for you!  No prior knowledge of astronomy (or maths) is necessary.


 

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