Aliens: Close Encounters

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Cognitive Science

Course Number: 
0177
Institution: 
Hampshire College
This course can be summed up as: everything you wanted to know about aliens but were afraid to ask (a scientist). The course will explore the topic of extraterrestrial intelligence from the perspective of several different fields. We will look at the history of UFO sighting claims and analyze the reliability of eye-witness testimonies, explore psychological and sociological reasons behind claims of alien abductions, and analyze the current state of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) from the perspective of astronomy and planetary research. We will also examine how film and television have shaped our view of aliens in popular culture. We will conclude the course by looking at religions that have been inspired by UFOs and extraterrestrials.
Comments: 

Mind, Brain, and Information Physical and Biological Sciences Writing and Research

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Crosslisted Section ID: 
310468,310489
Schedule #: 
310468

Course Sections

Aliens: Close Encounters
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Salman Hameed

sahCS@hampshire.edu

06:30PM-09:20PM M

Franklin Patterson Hall WLH