Fall 2007 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Nuclear Energy: The Policy Dimension
Instructor(s): Charles Groat
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 65595
Day & Time: Mondays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: GEO 3.222
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Cross list with EER-26672

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: The re-emergence of nuclear energy as a potentially more significant contributor to domestic and global energy needs has drawn attention to some historic and new economic, environmental, technical, safety, and strategic issues. This seminar will focus on policies of nations regarding the current use and future expansion of nuclear energy. It will develop the necessary background on the evolution of reactor technology and safety, environmental considerations, sources of uranium, the status of nuclear waste issues including reprocessing and disposal, economics, permitting and regulatory matters, and public opinion.

The instructor, guest lecturers, and readings will provide background information. The class will discuss the major policy issues. Each student will make one oral presentation dealing with one country?s situation regarding the major policy elements of nuclear energy utilization and expansion, lead one class policy issue discussion, and prepare a short written position paper on this policy issue. A trip to a nuclear power plant may be included as a seminar activity.

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