ASTRO 200G Astrobiology

ASTRO 200G | Open | City Campus | Semester Two 2021 | 15 points


Astrobiology examines the potential of the universe to harbour life using interdisciplinary perspectives from Geology, Biology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, Philosophy, and Ethics. Key topics include the origin and evolution of life, definitions and environmental limits of life, and how to search for life beyond earth.

Students who have previously passed EARTHSCI 206, PHYSICS 107 or 107G cannot take ASTRO 200G in line with same-subject restriction in the General Education regulations.  

Learning Outcomes

Students learn about:

  • social and environmental responsibilities;
  • scientific and indigenous world views on life’s origins;
  • the distribution of habitable environments in the universe;
  • current debates about the promise space may hold in the future of humankind.

Student Feedback

'Everything was explained by the professors really well. When we were online they made a seamless transition and the staff overall were really great.'

'Loved the open–endedness of the journal entries, really allowed me to write about what I was interested in. The clear formatting of the lecture slides was a blessing, clearly showed the structure of each lecture.'

'There are a lot of topics to cover for this course but the order of the lectures and how they relate to one another helped to retain the information as well as to reiterate the key ideas.'

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