Teaching by the Observational Astronomy group
Courses or seminars offered in the summer semester of 2022:
- Chemical evolution of the Universe (66-910)
The overarching goal of the group's teaching activities is to convey the science of astrophysics, the scientific world-view, as well as critical thinking skills. More specifically, for any given course, our goals are fourfold:
- To convey a solid grasp of the contents of the course. While technical details are important and matter, we value the understanding of concepts more highly, because it is conceptual understanding that creates motivating "Eureka" moments and lasts the longest.
- You should have more questions about a subject after you have taken a course than before. In other words, the course should enable you to ask meaningful questions that you could not even conceptualise before taking the course. These questions, ideally, will motivate you to seek answers, i.e. to further deepen your understanding of the subject and thus to further grow intellectually.
- This should help you understand that an education is not simply passively "received" but is rather an intellectual endeavour that requires your active participation and that you should be in control of.
- Finally, we strive to provide you with context: at the end of a course you should be able explain how your newly gained knowledge relates to and hopefully extends what you had already learned previously.
Below is the group's current course portfolio. Shorter versions of some of these courses, as well as a short course on Cosmology, are used in summer schools.