SENIOR SEMINAR RADIATION AND SOCIETY
2014/2015, Semester 2
Non-Faculty-Based Departments (Tembusu College)
Modular Credits: GEM2910 ( 4 ) / GEM2910X ( 4 )
Reports of radiation leaks at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan, following the earthquake/tsunami disaster in 2011, have triggered concern and even panic among members of the general public. In this seminar, we adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to debates and controversies about radiation and nuclear technology. Key topics include: (1) the science behind radiation effects, and the way in which policymakers and others grapple with scientific uncertainties; (2) the challenges of expert-lay communication about radiation risk, both after nuclear disaster and relating to consumer technologies; (3) the broader context that shapes debates over nuclear power in Japan and elsewhere.
Normally, Tembusu students should have read a Junior Seminar before they read a Senior Seminar. Exceptions can be made for students who enter the College after their first year, or who have other persuasive reasons. This is decided on a case-by-case by the College Academic Review Board.
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