Astropolitics

What

is astropolitics?

PROMPT

Read the resources below to help you gain a deeper understanding of this issue.

TASK A

Now that you have considered the global issue of astropolitics, you should try to construct three interesting questions about any aspect of astropolitics that interests you.

A good question….

1. Is open-ended.

2. Is thought-provoking & intellectually engaging, often sparking discussion & debate.

3. Calls for higher-order thinking, such as analysis, inference, evaluation, prediction. It cannot be effectively answered by recall alone.

4. Points toward important, transferable ideas within (and sometimes across) disciplines.

5. Raises additional questions & sparks further inquiry.

6. Requires support and justification, not just an answer.

7. Recurs over time; that is, the question can & should be revisited again & again.

QUESTION STARTER

 

IDEAS

  • Why....?

  • How would it be different if....?

  • What are the reasons....?

  • Suppose that....?

  • What if....?

QUESTION STARTER

 

IDEAS

  • What if we knew....?

  • What is the purpose of....?

  • What would change if....?

  • Had…..would…..have occurred?

  • How influential was……in……?

YOUR RESEARCH

DIVE DEEPER

TASK B

Now that you have your questions, let these guide you in your research of astropolitics.

As you find new sources of information, consider their values and limitations in terms of their credibility, possible bias (and the probably cause of such bias), veracity, truthfulness and accuracy, etc. You can use the six sources below. 

Use the credibility checkers below to help you think about the nature of the sources of information that you are using. If you would like to download these as pdfs, just click the images below.

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ACCESS THESE WEB SOURCES TO GET STARTED

The Open University

The Geopolitics Monitor

Space Foundation

Blue Origin

UN Office for Outer Space Affairs

Science Focus

GROUP DISCUSSION USING THE HARVARD UNIVERSITY LADDER OF FEEDBACK

The "Ladder of Feedback" is a protocol or structure that establishes a culture of trust and constructive support by sequencing feedback in order that is constructive.

Discussing your findings with others is the next step. By expressing your findings, you will find that more questions emerge. You may be able to offer answers to your peers based on your research. 

When you enter into a discussion, you should participate by listening more than talking. Do not simply interrupt or wait for a space to express your views. Effective communicators listen and ask questions.

Look at the Harvard University Ladder of Feedback to help you become a more effective communicator and learner. Click the image to download this resource.

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TASK C

KEY QUESTIONS

TASK D

Consider the following questions on the worksheet below. Try to use the principles of the Ladder of Feedback when interacting with your peers in the relevant forum post. Click on the image below to download:

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TASK E

You are now going to advance your thinking and writing using the Hochman method which can be found in the work of Judith Hochman, Natalie Wexler and Doug Lemov. 

Constructing complex sentences is an important writing skill. It boosts reading comprehension and develops vocabulary. It also gives you an opportunity to check your understanding and extend your written responses.

Take a look at the words below. Try to construct sentences about what you understand about astropolitics that begin with the following words.

Example: Unless existing international space law is developed and extended, there is a possibility of some private companies and governments becoming too dominant in space.

  1. Before

  2. After

  3. If

  4. When

  5. Even though

  6. Although

  7. Unless

  8. Since