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The Politics of Space Security and Space Law

Develop and expand your staff and organisation’s comprehension of UK and international space policy, security and international space law with recognised and leading space policy and law experts.

The Politics of Space Security and Space Law,

Develop and expand your staff and organisation’s comprehension of UK and international space policy, security and international space law with recognised and leading space policy and law experts.

Start date:

2023

Course information

Taught by Politics and International Relations

Contact
Bleddyn Bowen
bb215@leicester.ac.uk

Course description

Course description

First launched in 2021, the University of Leicester is offering a research-led and practitioner-informed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course on the politics of space security, space policy, and international space law and regulations.

This CPD is geared towards professionals of all levels and organisations of any size involved in any part of the space sector, be it military, civil, commercial, or academic.

Space policy and space power have never been as visible or important in national security and international relations as before. Many new actors and sectors are waking up to the fact that outer space is more than just rocket science – it’s a place that has real opportunities and impacts for almost every sector of political and economic activity on Earth. The democratisation of space and increasing commercialisation of space sectors is leading to a new wave of space activities.

Yet the realities of the politics, laws, and history of outer space is not well-known outside of niche communities in both academic and practitioner worlds. This presents a challenge to many professionals and organisations in the global space sector.

This CPD seeks to help address this knowledge gap in industry, policy, and expert communities who are getting to grips with the vast possibilities of the Space Age and what space policy both in the UK and further afield means for them.

Whether your staff or organisation is new to the field or well-established in the space community, this course will offer research-led insights from our resident world-leading academic expert on astropolitics and military space power, Dr Bleddyn Bowen, as well as cutting edge practical wisdom in space laws and regulations from Joanne Wheeler MBE.

The CPD runs in two formats: 

  1. An annual one-day residential CPD in March of every year held at the University of Leicester. This is open for individuals to book a place. It is first-come first served for a small group of attendees to receive expert briefings from course tutors and engage in intense intellectually challenging conversation.
  2. A bespoke CPD. Small or large groups are encouraged to contact the CPD convenor Dr Bleddyn Bowen (bb215@leicester.ac.uk) to discuss what options we can provide to tailor course details and locations to your group’s needs. A bespoke CPD will be based on the annual residential CPD however some topics, teaching methods, and locations can be emphasised or extended to meet your group’s needs. We are happy to deliver our standard CPD on a particular date of your choosing, subject to availability from our expert tutors, should you have a large group interested in taking the course.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

You must have a good command of the English language as this course will be taught in English.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

  • Annual residential course: TBC
  • Bespoke course: quotation to be provided once course details are agreed

International Students

  • Annual residential course: TBC
  • Bespoke course: quotation to be provided once course details are agreed

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

This CPD seeks to help address this knowledge gap in industry, policy, and expert communities who are only getting to grips with the vast possibilities of the Space Age and what space policy, law, and security both in the UK and further afield means for them.

Whether your staff or organisation is new to the field or well-established in the space community, this course will offer research-led insights from our resident world-leading academic expert on astropolitics and military space power, Dr Bleddyn Bowen, PhD, FHEA as well as cutting edge practical wisdom, experience, and insight in space laws and regulations from Joanne Wheeler MBE, FRAeS.

Course structure

Typical content

Typical content

The CPD will cover topics such as:

  • An introduction to the military history of space
  • The politics of space infrastructure
  • Spacepower and the international politics of space
  • Global military space power
  • International and domestic space laws
  • Global Governance and international institutions in space

Minor amendments may occur to the programme as delivered.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and learning

This CPD is delivered face to face, in person.

The annual CPD is delivered across one day. A bespoke CPD may last longer.

Please note that attendance on the annual CPD is capped at 20.

The course focuses on:

  • Providing intellectual substance and inspiration on space policy and law drawing from our substantive research and experience;
  • Introducing you to fundamental realities of the political, military, and legal dimensions of outer space;
  • Outlining the challenges and opportunities facing everyone involved in the global space sector;
  • Challenging you to think strategically and holistically about politics, power, and law in space in a course designed by a certified Fellow of the Higher Education Academy;
  • Encouraging free, honest, and rigorous debate and discussion in a small-group seminar teaching structure;
  • Providing an intellectual challenge;
  • Equipping you with the tools to continue your education and research after and beyond the CPD itself; and
  • Providing an opportunity to network with others in the space sector.

Course dates

Annual CPD

  • March of every year (specific date for 2023 TBC).

Bespoke CPD

  • As determined by staff availability.

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Course Qualification Duration Availability
Course The Politics of Space Security and Space Law Qualification CPD Duration 1 day Availability

Applications will open when the next course dates are confirmed.

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