The Core Assessment must meet Park University’s requirements for the LE300 Integrative and Interdisciplinary capstone courses. The paper is an assignment that covers core learning outcomes 1-5, as listed in the syllabus and Course Overview page. The paper must be an academic paper, researched using appropriate academic sources, and must demonstrate sophisticated, integrative, and interdisciplinary learning about the commercial use of outer space. The paper is 30% of your final grade for the course.
Core Learning Outcomes
Ask meaningful questions about complex issues.
Gather reputable, important, and relevant information from multiple disciplinary sources.
Analyze insights from multiple disciplines for patterns, conflicts, and connections.
Apply knowledge and skills from his or her general education program (at Park, the Liberal Education Program) in novel situations.
Synthesize multiple disciplinary perspectives to solve problems or create holistic understandings.
The paper must:
Be an analytical examination and interdisciplinary discussion of one or more examples of actual or potential commercial uses of outer space.
Create and synthesize a concept exploring the relationship between the commercial use of outer space and the interdisciplinary factors that have influenced the development of the commercial use(s) of outer space you have selected for your topic. A partial list of factors you may want to consider (but you are not limited to these factors): the initial government monopoly in space; the special physical and environmental characteristics of space; the unique legal and regulatory environment governing operations in space; international cooperation (or lack of cooperation); technological developments and limits; economic considerations; business judgment; national security; scientific exploration; the role of government contractors; political considerations; or the influence of science fiction entertainment.
Briefly describe the example use(s) of outer space being analyzed, but your paper cannot simply be a case study about a particular use or particular company.
Use at least 5 outside references. You may use your textbooks or articles provided in this course, but they do not count as one of your 5 references. In order to count as one of the 5, the references must be primarily scholarly/academic journals, but one newspaper/magazine article (or online equivalent) is okay. You may use as many additional references (for example online websites) as you want in order to provide additional detail in your paper, but stay away from Wikipedia or any other source that does not have a legitimate academic reputation.
Use an interdisciplinary and integrative writing style. Interdisciplinary writing combines, contrasts, or compares the disciplines together in paragraphs (and sometimes within a single sentence) rather than addressing disciplines separately. Integrative writing requires analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of information and always includes the writer’s original ideas.