FLORIDA TECH

National Security Issues in Space    MGT 5005-IU– CRN 60438  May 13 – July 26, 2024

Online video lectures will be posted

                                                                                                        Syllabus

Textbook:        The Politics of Space Security – Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests, c. 2008, Stanford University Press, by James Clay Moltz, ISBN #978-15036-0893-1 plus supplemental handouts and materials will be provided.

Course Description:     The course examines known and expected issues, developments, and international laws and treaties governing security, access to and ownership of outer space.  Real world examples, cases and state of the art developments will be included through handouts from journals, treaties, and news announcements.

Objectives:     Provide an understanding of the current security issues concerning the use of space for governments, commercial entities, and private enterprises.  To foster the development of critical thinking and analysis skills using a term paper and presentation on a subject area related to space security using applicable treaties, laws and policies.  A major goal of the course is to prepare the student to be able to understand current and to anticipate future trends in space law and policy for improved security.

 

Requirements:  A term paper and presentation is required for this class.  Students are required to take tests, and turn in homework solutions as scheduled.  Two exams will also be conducted.

 

Instructor's  Methods:         A combination of lecture notes, textbook and outside material will be presented on ANGEL (courses.fit.edu).  Homework problems will be assigned, grades returned.  Two exams will be given.

Grading:      The course grade will be based on the following:

 

Homework

10%

Term Paper

25%

Mid-Term Exam

30%

Final Exam

35%

Grading thresholds:  A = 90; B = 80; C = 70; D = 60; F < 60.

Schedule

 Week     Chapter/Pages    Chapter Title;            Topic

May 13     Part I - Explaining Space Security - Concepts and Historical Comparisons

                     P 11 Chapter One – The Dynamics of Space Security - Existing Explanations

May 20     P 42 Chapter Two – Space and Environmental Security

May 27   P 67 Part II Reassessing Twentieth Century Space Security

                 Chapter Three – Roots of US – Soviet Space Race 1920 – 1962

Jun 3        P124 Chapter Four – The Emergence of Cooperative Restraint 1962 – 1975

Jun 10     Midterm exam - Chapters One through Four Return NLT Friday June 18

Jun 17     P176 Chapter Five – Challenges to Space Security 1976 – 1991

Jun 24    P228 Chapter Six – Post –Cold War Uncertainty 1992 – 2000

P257      Part III Considering Twenty First Century Space Security

July 1    No class 4th of July

Jul 8   P259 Chap 7 -  A new perspective on space and its opponents 2001-2007

Jul 15   Chapter Eight – Alternative Futures for Space

July 22  Final exam - Chapters Five through Eight

July 26 End of term - last day of class all assignments due in

Projects

Discussion Questions: I will post discussion questions in the Discussion Forums section of CANVAS for you to submit your comments. For the discussion question, I expect each student to give me their unique answer to the question presented. Each student should attempt to provide an answer that is different from those submitted by other students. Please limit your comments to one issue per question and do not shotgun (give every possible answer that might be applicable) the answer. Students should also comment on the submissions of other students.  There is a Paper (3 to 5 pages) which is due by 11:59 pm, July 30. Additional information on the paper will be provided prior to week 4.

Readings     As assigned

Term Paper - 3 to 5 pages types on a personal experience or topic concerning ethics that has affected you, relate it to a facet of your job or personal life and include life lesson or unexpected outcome. See instructor for more detail.

Other Items

General Information   Academic Policies Academic Honesty Academic honesty is highly valued in Florida Tech’s online courses. The student must always submit work that represents original words or ideas. If any words or ideas are used that do not represent those original words or ideas, the student must cite all relevant sources and provide a clear definition of the extent to which such sources were used. Words or ideas that require citation include but are not limited to all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source. In the Florida Tech online course, all submissions to any public meeting, bulletin board or private mailbox fall within the scope of words and ideas that require citations if used by someone other than the original author. Academic dishonesty in an online learning environment could involve: Having a tutor or friend complete a portion of the student’s assignments. Having a reviewer make extensive revisions to an assignment. Copying work submitted by another student to another public class meeting, Using information from online information services without proper citation. Any of these practices could result in charges of academic dishonesty. For the complete text of Florida Tech’s policy on academic dishonesty, cheating and plagiarism see http://www.fit.edu/current/plagiarism.pdf

Confidentiality. We are all bound by confidentiality in this class. Possibly, students may want to discuss their company and its policies and procedures as applied to the class material. Perhaps the student will want to provide a paper on a company confidential project. In order to assure that we can have a free and open discussion, it is expected that each student will respect the confidentiality of any materials that classmates are willing to share. Incomplete Grade Information An “I” is given for incomplete work that has occurred because of circumstances beyond the student's control. It indicates that the work of the student in the course is qualitatively satisfactory and that there is reasonable expectancy that completion of the remaining work would result in a passing grade. The instructor will furnish the head of the department with a statement of the work to be completed. The student must complete the work at the earliest possible time, but prior to the end of the sixth week of the following semester unless an earlier deadline is established at the time the I is recorded and the student is notified of this fact. A waiver of the six-week limitation requires special written permission of your dean. The “I” will automatically become an F at the beginning of the seventh week unless an approved waiver has been filed with the Office of the Registrar. Withdrawal Policy The deadline to drop a course with a grade of W is at the end of the eighth week of classes. Please consult the academic schedule for the exact date for your course. Refer to the university's Web site for the complete Drop/Withdrawal Policy. ADA Accommodations Please contact Rodd Newcombe, Director, Academic Support Center (321) 674-7110, newcombe@fit.edu with any specific ADA accommodations you may require as you work to meet the course requirements. Technical Support Computer Requirements The following requirements are for a basic Distance Learning configuration. The basic tools required are a high-speed internet connection and a modern web browser. Certain courses may have other requirements, such as streaming video players (e.g. Flash) or other supplementary technologies. Contact your instructor for details if you feel this might be the case. Internet access: Students must have their own Internet Service Provider, which is not supplied by an employer either in the private or public sector, in order to take a Distance Learning course. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the instructor prior to the beginning of the semester. You must have full, unrestricted access to the Internet and email. (Note: Businesses and government agencies often use firewalls to limit network access for their employees. This limited access often causes problems for students, which is why having your own service provider is required.) Hardware: Any recently manufactured (4 years or less) computer will be sufficient to access Florida Tech's Learning Management System and perform assigned work. A monitor capable of displaying at least 1024 x 768 pixels is recommended. Internet browser: Canvas supports most modern browsers; Firefox, Chrome, and Safari seem to work the best. Other applications may work better depending on your browser, so if a feature you're using isn't working like you expect it to, it may help to try the same steps in a different browser. If you need assistance checking your browser's compatibility, contact General Technical Support, 321-674-7284, techsupport@fit.edu. Mobile Apps: Canvas has an app for iOS and Android. E-mail: You must be able to access and are responsible for correspondence sent to your @my.fit.edu email address. By default, Canvas will send some notifications to this address. You can change where and how often you receive these notifications in your Canvas Notification Preferences. Sending attachments: You must be able to send and receive e-mail and e-mail attachments using Microsoft Word and Excel file formats. If you use one of the recommended browsers, it will automatically take care of the setting the preferences that your computer will need for sending and receiving attachments. Note that you will also need an application suite that can read and write these file formats (such as MS Office, OpenOffice or iWork) installed on your computer. Google Drive also supports these document types. Antivirus Software: Current antivirus software is required for all devices connecting to the Florida Tech network and is recommended for use in general. Free and discounted software is available to students. Library Resources and Services Library resources and services are available to distance learners through the Library Information NetworK (LINK). See the Distance Learning / Off Campus Library site on the LINK for access and other information. LMS Assistance Beginning in Fall 2014, courses will no longer be in ANGEL. Instead, they will be in Canvas. Log into Canvas to find your courses. If you have trouble logging in, contact General Technical Support, 321-674-7284, techsupport@fit.edu. Hover your mouse over the Courses menu to see your courses. Click on a course to enter it. Are you missing a course? (Course enrollments are automated via Access and may take up to 24 hours to process.) Need help with something in Canvas? Click on the Help link inside Canvas! In addition to guides and manuals, you can call, chat, email, or submit a support ticket. Canvas Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

General Information

Academic Policies

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is highly valued in Florida Tech's online courses. The student must always submit work that represents original words or ideas. If any words or ideas are used that do not represent those original words or ideas, the student must cite all relevant sources and provide a clear definition of the extent to which such sources were used.

Words or ideas that require citation include but are not limited to all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source. In the Florida Tech online course, all submissions to any public meeting, bulletin board or private mailbox fall within the scope of words and ideas that require citations if used by someone other than the original author.

Academic dishonesty in an online learning environment could involve:

Any of these practices could result in charges of academic dishonesty.

For the complete text of Florida Tech’s policy on academic dishonesty, cheating and plagiarism see http://www.fit.edu/current/plagiarism.pdf

Confidentiality

We are all bound by confidentiality in this class. Possibly, students may want to discuss their company and its policies and procedures as applied to the class material. Perhaps the student will want to provide a paper on a company confidential project. In order to assure that we can have a free and open discussion, it is expected that each student will respect the confidentiality of any materials that classmates are willing to share.

ADA Accommodations

Please contact Rodd Newcombe, Director, Academic Support Center (321) 674-7110, newcombe@fit.edu with any specific ADA accommodations you may require as you work to meet the course requirements.

Technical Support

Computer Requirements

The following requirements are for a basic Distance Learning configuration. The basic tools required are a high-speed internet connection and a modern web browser. Certain courses may have other requirements, such as streaming video players (e.g. Flash) or other supplementary technologies. Contact your instructor for details if you feel this might be the case.

Internet access: Students must have their own Internet Service Provider, which is not supplied by an employer either in the private or public sector, in order to take a Distance Learning course. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the instructor prior to the beginning of the semester. You must have full, unrestricted access to the Internet and email. (Note: Businesses and government agencies often use firewalls to limit network access for their employees. This limited access often causes problems for students, which is why having your own service provider is required.)

Hardware: Any recently manufactured (4 years or less) computer will be sufficient to access Florida Tech's Learning Management System and perform assigned work. A monitor capable of displaying at least 1024 x 768 pixels is recommended.

Internet browser: Canvas supports most modern browsers; Firefox, Chrome, and Safari seem to work the best. Other applications may work better depending on your browser, so if a feature you're using isn't working like you expect it to, it may help to try the same steps in a different browser. If you need assistance checking your browser's compatibility, contact General Technical Support, 321-674-7284, techsupport@fit.edu.

Mobile Apps: Canvas has an app for iOS and Android.

E-mail: You must be able to access and are responsible for correspondence sent to your @my.fit.edu email address. By default, Canvas will send some notifications to this address. You can change where and how often you receive these notifications in your Canvas Notification Preferences.

Sending attachments: You must be able to send and receive e-mail and e-mail attachments using Microsoft Word and Excel file formats. If you use one of the recommended browsers, it will automatically take care of the setting the preferences that your computer will need for sending and receiving attachments. Note that you will also need an application suite that can read and write these file formats (such as MS Office, OpenOffice or iWork) installed on your computer. Google Drive also supports these document types.

Antivirus Software: Current antivirus software is required for all devices connecting to the Florida Tech network and is recommended for use in general. Free and discounted software is available to students.

Library Resources and Services

Library resources and services are available to distance learners through the Library Information NetworK (LINK). See the Distance Learning / Off Campus Library site on the LINK for access and other information

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 is the federal law prohibiting discrimination based on sex under any education program and/or activity operated by an institution receiving and/or benefiting from federal financial assistance. Behaviors that can be considered “sexual discrimination” include sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, relationship abuse (dating violence and domestic violence), sexual misconduct, and gender discrimination. You are encouraged to report these behaviors. 

Reporting: Florida Tech can better support students in trouble if we know about what is happening.  Reporting also helps us to identify patterns that might arise – for example, if more than one complainant reports having been assaulted or harassed by the same individual.

Florida Tech is committed to providing a safe and positive learning experience.  To report a violation of sexual misconduct or gender discrimination, please contact Fanak Baarmand, Title IX Coordinator at 321-674-8885 or fbaarman@fit.edu

* Please note that as your professor, I am required to report any incidents to the Title IX Coordinator.  Confidential support for students is available by contacting the Student Counseling Center at 321-674-8050.