10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: Does other life exist, what might it be like, and how could we find it? In this course we examine how planets are found, and what we know about them. We consider what we know about 'life' looking at what we know about the processes, origin, and evolution of life on Earth and how life has changed the planet. This leads us to ideas about how to look for alien life and to think about what that life might be like. We finish by discussing the possibilities of intelligent technological civilisations, and the future of the human race.

Restrictions on availability: Only students enrolled on the Astronomy MSc programme can take this module. If students attended Sheffield for their undergraduate degree, then they also must not have taken PHY229 (to become PHY329) previously.

Staff Contact: GOODWIN SIMON P
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Physics and Astronomy):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK