Strange Bedfellows: Science and Environmental Policy

Yucca Mountain nuclear waste disposal facility.

A diagram outlining the proposal for storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.)

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MIT Course Number

12.103

As Taught In

Fall 2005

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Description

12.103 explores the role of scientific knowledge, discovery, method, and argument in environmental policymaking from both idealistic and realistic perspectives. The course will use case studies of science-intensive environmental controversies to study how science was used and abused in the policymaking process. Case studies include: global warming, biodiversity loss, and nuclear waste disposal siting. Subject includes intensive practice in the writing and presentation of "position statements" on environmental science issues.

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Meyer, Steve, and Kip Hodges. 12.103 Strange Bedfellows: Science and Environmental Policy, Fall 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/earth-atmospheric-and-planetary-sciences/12-103-strange-bedfellows-science-and-environmental-policy-fall-2005 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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