MIT Energy Initiative
Energy Classes at MIT

Social Problems of Nuclear Energy

Meets Energy Minor Requirements

Core - Social Science

Instructor

Class Number

22.04

Level

Undergraduate

Term

Fall

Description

Surveys the major social challenges for nuclear energy. Topics include the ability of nuclear power to help mitigate climate change; challenges associated with ensuring nuclear safety; the effects of nuclear accidents; the management of nuclear waste; the linkages between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, the consequences of nuclear war; and political challenges to the safe and economic regulation of the nuclear industry. Weekly readings presented from both sides of the debate, followed by in-class discussions. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication provided. Limited to 18.

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