Courses

Spring 2015 Offerings:

IAFF 6158.11 Energy & Society
Allison Macfarlane
Energy and Society: Energy is arguably the issue of the 21st century.  The energy systems of modern societies are undergoing rapid change for a variety of reasons and the implications of these choices will be wide-ranging.  This seminar course will examine the issues associated with energy broadly by considering different energy systems, reasons for certain energy choices, and implications and impacts of energy on the human and natural environment.  No specific background in energy is required, but critical thinking and class participation are essential.  

IAFF 6142 Technology Creation/Diffusion
Professor Nicholas S. Vonortas

The purpose of this course is to examine the factors that underlie the creation of new technologies and their diffusion throughout the economy. The discussion will cover issues of interest to new technology producers and/or users in the private business sector, universities and government. Although the main focus will be the prevailing environment in developed market economies, developing countries will be dealt with to some extent. We will examine in some depth important recent global developments in technology creation and dissemination and their historical overlaps. And, of course, we will address the implications for policy.

IAFF 6159 ISTP Capstone: Multidisciplinary Seminar in Science, Technology, and Global Affairs
Professor David Grier

This is the capstone course for majors in the M.A. Degree in Science, Technology, and Public Policy. It integrates previous coursework in a flexible format combining the writing of focused policy papers, role playing, simulations, and other relevant exercises and experiences. In addition, the course features a final exam that has the objective of allowing each student to synthesize the literature in the field. Drawing upon the writings of both practitioners and theorists in the U.S. and abroad, the course focuses on ways to redesign U.S. science and technology institutions and organizations, so that they are more interconnected and capable of engaging in more effective knowledge creation, diffusion, and utilization.
Link to Professor Grier's website for Capstone 2014-15

IAFF 6158.12 International Issues in Energy
Professor Joel Hicks

This course focuses on the patterns of international energy policy-making, implementation and change. It is organized around historical patterns, the current issues, and future prospects. An integrating theme is the role played by science and technology.

IAFF 6158.13 Cybersecurity
Professor Eric Sterner

Cyberspace represents an entirely new domain of human activity.  Just as it creates new opportunities for society and the economy, it also poses new challenges, particularly for U.S. national security.  This course places the rise of cyberspace in a geo-strategic context and seeks to equip students with intellectual tools useful in assessing contemporary debates.  It introduces basic technological concepts, assesses their impact on state sovereignty, examines the nature of vulnerabilities, threats and operations enabled by cyberspace and how they relate to warfare, considers cyberspace’s broad impact on international relations, reviews a history of U.S. policymaking, and considers contemporary debates about cyberspace’s future in American power.  It is discussion oriented, stresses the connections among trends and developments in different areas, and relates contemporary issues to broader analyses.

IAFF 6158.10 Issues in U.S. Space Policy - Tools and Scenarios
Professor Scott Pace

This course will address international space policy issues facing the United States and places them in the larger context of technological advances and a changing international strategic environment. The course will address current regulatory issues facing U.S. space programs with regard to dual-use technologies, including export controls, spectrum management, and licensing of commercial remote sensing systems. Conflicts over dual-use technologies, such as space launch, remote sensing, satellite navigation, and communications, will be examined for their implications for a range of national interests. The course will also address strategic choices facing other nations in space activities, including continued dependence on U.S., European, and Russian space capabilities, developing indigenous space programs, and reliance on commercial space capabilities.
The class will apply the insights gained from the discussion and readings to a class exercise that examines the contributions of spacepower to a future China/Taiwan Straits scenario (~2020-2025). Using a team approach where students represent space advisors to national security decision-makers and military commanders, the class will examine the employment and contribution of space capabilities in assessing unfolding events involving the national interests of China, India, Japan, and the United States. The scenario will take place in the context of the Global Exploration Strategy (GES) and return to the Moon, and evolving Chinese and Japanese space capabilities. It will be played during two or three class sessions in addition to preparation time and post-game assessment time.

IAFF 6153 Science, Technology and National Security
Professor Peter Hays

This course will examine the effect of globalization and international economic integration on defense industries. It will review the links between national economies, military power and security; consider how globalization affects these links; assess differing national policies for technology and innovation, and consider the relationship between economic and military strength. The course will include discussion of technology transfer, licit and illicit, and the changing nature of defense industries and military power. The context for the class will be competition and the pursuit of strategic advantage among nations.

IAFF 6146 Space Law

Professor Henry R. Hertzfeld
Space activities, by the nature of their unique characteristics, operate in an international and global environment. Nearly 50 years have elapsed since beginning of human activity in space. A body of law has evolved that deals with space activity. The foundations of these international legal principles are found in five treaties developed within the framework of the United Nations during the late 1960s. They reflect the governmental nature of space programs of that era. Many nations participating in space activities also have domestic laws that regulate and administer the activities of their citizens who now participate in the growing commercial environment of space.
This course will review the underlying principles of international space law. The emphasis will be on issues that will be of concern in the future as space activity moves into the commercial world. However, many technologies and uses of space may encounter conflicts between civil and defense concerns. Such legal issues include liability for accidents, registration of space objects, non-proliferation, and transparency. The course will also review domestic (primarily U.S.) space law and the many regulatory agencies that are involved in licensing and approving commercial space activities.
Finally, looking a bit further into the future, there are numerous legal uncertainties that must be resolved to lower investment risks if private space activities are to be funded, built, and operated. These issues include: the relationship between air law and space law, space traffic control, environmental concerns, licensing and financial responsibility, and international over-flight and landing considerations.

EHS 6227 Introduction to Human Health in Aerospace
Dr. Kris Lehnhardt

This course is taught through the Medical School and is designed to introduce aerospace medicine concepts in an interdisciplinary fashion to anyone who is interested in human spaceflight. There will be elements of physiology, medicine, law, policy, engineering, and history incorporated into the course. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
-Outline the effects of spaceflight on human physiology and the medical issues that may arise during space travel,
-Compare and contrast daily life on Earth with living and working in space,
-Critically analyze the impact of both long duration and long distance spaceflight on human health,
-Evaluate the medical requirements for commercial space endeavors,
-Analyze the increasingly interdisciplinary and international nature of human spaceflight.

IAFF 3179.10 Space and International Affairs
John Sheldon

This course will address international space policy issues facing the United States and places them in the larger context of technological advances and a changing international strategic environment.  The course will briefly examine the technical, historical and policy foundations for U.S. and international space programs and activities.  It will then address current issues facing U.S. space programs.  Dual-use technologies, such as remote sensing, satellite navigation, and communications, will be examined for their implications for a range of national interests.


Summer 2015 Offerings:
 

IAFF 6158.11 Science, Technology and International Development
Professor Rachel Parker

Scientific and technological developments have had a broad range of positive as well as negative impacts, globally. Considering the challenges faced by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the governments of low- and middle-income countries (and their Western counterparts), we will address the need for science, technology, and innovation-led (STI) development. The course investigates the various actors working in the international development industry including those working at the national level such as USAID, and at the international level such as the World Bank and NGOs. We will reflect on how these actors position science and technology vis-a-vis development programs in order to understand the role of technology in development. Through investigating STI-led development from a theoretical and applied perspective, we will evaluate and compare science and technology (S&T) and development policies and related programs. The comparisons between theory and practice that we examine through this course will help to provide historical context to understand how and why some contemporary STI-led development efforts have worked while others have failed.

IAFF 6503.25 Issues in U.S. Space Policy - Geospatial Law and Policy
Professor Kevin Pomfret

Spatial data (data that places a person or object at a particular place) is now commonplace as a result of technologies such as navigation devices, GPS-enabled phones, web-based mapping services, location-based services, commercial satellite imagery and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. As a result, governments, businesses and consumers have embraced spatial (or location) data in their daily operations. Unfortunately, the legal and policy communities have not kept pace with the proliferation of this technology. Therefore, IT and telecommunication companies, internet commerce and social networking businesses, government contractors, law enforcement and a wide range of other government agencies are looking for help in understanding how to collect, use and distribute spatial data for operational purposes.
In this course, students will learn the important legal and policy issues associated with the collection, use and distribution of spatial data. Through discussion of important cases and differing viewpoints on important policy matters, we will explore some unique attributes of spatial data, the relationship of data quality and potential liability, the concept of privacy from a location standpoint, and potential national security concerns. We will also consider issues of licensing or transferring spatial data, including intellectual property rights, representations and warranties, and metadata.

IAFF 6158.12 International Issues in Energy
Professor Joel Hicks

This course focuses on the patterns of international energy policy-making, implementation and change. It is organized around historical patterns, the current issues, and future prospects. An integrating theme is the role played by science and technology.


Fall 2014 Offerings:


IAFF 6141 International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone Seminar
Professor Nicholas S. Vonortas

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the policy issues related to the support, use, management, and regulation of science and technology. It addresses U.S. domestic as well as international issues, is concerned with governmental policies as well as non-governmental, and it is focused on both the economics and politics of science and technology issues. In today's world, scientific discoveries and technological innovations influence almost every aspect of human existence. The effects of many of these innovations innovations influence almost every aspect of human existence. Many changes induced by these innovations have been extremely positive, bringing advances in health, communications, material wealth, and quality of life. At the same time, science and technology have helped create apparently intractable problems, including new risks to human health, pollution of the natural environment, and the existence of weapons capable of mass destruction. Given all these impacts, making effective and fair decisions regarding technologically complex issues is one of the most challenging tasks of modern governance. Especially demanding is policy-making for international economic competition, which is increasingly defined in terms of technological competence. The diffusion of centers of technological excellence around the world and the progressive convergence of local markets in terms of consumer tastes and preferences have obliged economic agents to adopt a global outlook; not only do firms compete internationally but they also depend upon each other's technological, financial, and marking strengths to stay afloat. In this course we examine a number of important characteristics of the new international environment that are directly related to the technological competence of firms and of nations as well.

IAFF 6158.12 IT Policy
Professor David Grier

Link to Professor Grier's website for IT Policy can be found here.

ECON 6255 Economics of Technological Change
Professor Nicholas S. Vonortas

This course provides an overview of important issues related to technological change that have interested economists up to the present time. Reflecting the general orientation of mainstream economic analysis, the material is somewhat biased towards the spread of new technology and the economic impact of new technology. The specific assumptions and methodologies of mainstream analysis have, however, drawn considerable criticism more recently. Our exposition will also cover such criticism and, thus, expand to the appraisal of the sources of new technology. The overall purpose of the course is to assess the prevalent economic conceptualization of the origins and sources of new technology, the way innovation proceeds and diffuses across economic agents, and both the economic benefits and costs of the application of new technology

IAFF 6145 U.S. Space Policy
Professor Scott Pace

This course is an examination of the origins, evolution, current status, and future prospects of U.S. space policies and programs. It will cover the U.S. government's civilian, military, and national security space programs and the space activities of the U.S. private sector, and the interactions among these four sectors of U.S. space activity. This examination will be cast in the context of the space activities of other countries, and of international cooperation and competition in space. The goal of the course is to give the student an expos re to the policy debates and decisions that have shaped U.S. efforts in space to date, and to the policy issues that must be addressed in order to determine the future goals, content, pace, and organization of U.S. space activities, both public and private.

IAFF 6158.10 Space and National Security
Professor Peter Hays

As shown by military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo, space capabilities have become increasingly important to the U.S. military in recent years. The many broad interrelationships between space and national security have also been under careful examination both domestically and internationally. The 2001 Space Commission Report, for example, found that because U.S. military and economic security has become so dependent on undefended space assets, the nation could face a "space Pearl Harbor." Others argue that the United States should act to establish space control, defined as U.S. ability to access and use space in its interests and to deny such access to U.S. adversaries. In addition, there is a growing debate over the wisdom and feasibility of stationing force application systems - "space weapons" - in orbit. The course uses seminars, short writing assignments, and a focused research paper to examine these and other issues associated with U.S. strategy, policy, and organization for the national security uses of space.

IAFF 6158.11 Science, Technology and International Development
Professor Rachel Parker
Scientific and technological developments have had a broad range of positive as well as negative impacts, globally. Considering the challenges faced by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the governments of low- and middle-income countries (and their Western counterparts), we will address the need for science, technology, and innovation-led (STI) development. The course investigates the various actors working in the international development industry including those working at the national level such as USAID, and at the international level such as the World Bank and NGOs. We will reflect on how these actors position science and technology vis-a-vis development programs in order to understand the role of technology in development. Through investigating STI-led development from a theoretical and applied perspective, we will evaluate and compare science and technology (S&T) and development policies and related programs. The comparisons between theory and practice that we examine through this course will help to provide historical context to understand how and why some contemporary STI-led development efforts have worked while others have failed.