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22.04 Social Problems of Nuclear Energy

3-0-9 Undergraduate (Spring)
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00PM–2:30PM in 24-115
Prerequisites: none
Instructor: Professor R. Scott Kemp rsk@mit.edu

Course 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.

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