PHSX 594: Cosmology and Culture


PHSX 594 - Cosmology and Culture ( 3 / NP ) Fall 2012 A survey of modern physical cosmology, its recent historical roots, and creation myths from many world cultures. An examination of the effects of these stories on their parent cultures. Fulfills KU Core Goal 4.2
Professor: Hume A. Feldman
Class Meeting: 2005 Malott Hall, Lawrence Campus
1:00 - 2:15 PM T Th
Phone: (785) 864-4626
Office: 1082 Malott Hall
Office Hours: 11:00-12:00 M
2:00-3:00 F


Final exam is scheduled to be on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Course Policies:

Homework assignments have a due date. Late homeworks are not accepted.

Collaborations between students are encouraged.

Missed course material will be excused if a valid, documented excuse is presented by the student. The homework part of the grade will be determined by the average score on un-excused assignments.

We will form groups of 2-4 members that will work together, make presentations and lead discussions.
  • Each student has to pick a book from the list, read it and write a 30 page synopsis.
  • Each group has to pick another book from the list, not one that is on any of the group member's list, and write a 30 page synopsis.
  • There will be occasional homework assignments.
  • Each student will give a 20 minutes presentation about a topic to be agreed on with the instructor.
  • Class participation is important. We will have class discussions in which all students are expected to be involved.

Students with Disabilities:
Students having disability that might prevent them from fully demonstrating their abilities should contact the instructor as soon as possible to discuss appropriate accommodations necessary to complete the course requirements.

The staff of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), 135 Strong, 785-864-2620 (v/tty), coordinates accommodations and services for KU courses. If you have a disability for which you may request accommodation in KU classes and have not contacted them, please do as soon as possible. Please also see me privately in regard to this course.

Academic Misconduct:
A student discovered cheating in any aspect of the course will be charged with Academic Misconduct and a written report will be sent to the Dean of the student’s school. There are severe penalties for Academic Misconduct, including a failing grade in the course. Examples of Academic Misconduct include, but are not limited to: submission of homework or Lab report done by or copied from someone else; cheating on exams; using unauthorized material during an exam; false claim for excuse from scheduled work.
In general, follow this rule of thumb: cheating is not nice, don’t do it.
Sexual and Racial & Ethnic Harassment
The University has strong rules against any ethnic, racial, or sexual harassment, described in the Student Handbook.

Important Dates

First day of classesTuesday, January 21, 2014
Last day to withdraw/drop without a "W"Monday, February 10, 2014
Spring BreakMonday, March 17-23, 2014
Last day to withdraw from classMonday, April 21, 2014
Last day of classesThursday, May 8, 2014
Stop DayFriday, May 9, 2014
FinalThursday, May 15,2014 at 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

For a more complete list see the KU Academic Calendar

Hume Feldman