Nuclear Engineering: Science, Systems and Society

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Communication decisions are driven by audience and objectives. In this class, students learn about nuclear energy and radiation and also how to communicate effectively about it by writing a traditional Op-Ed. (Courtesy of MIT School of Engineering Communication Lab.)


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Spring 2020



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In this exploratory seminar, first-year undergraduate students learn the basic physics of nuclear energy and radiation, and learn to communicate their knowledge and perspective by writing a traditional Op-Ed piece. The technical content emphasizes the unique attributes and challenges of nuclear energy as a low-carbon solution as well as the peaceful applications of ionizing radiation to help humankind. The open-ended writing project combines personal creativity and technical knowledge to share important messages about science. The course employs blended learning, as students use the online course 22.011x, freely available on the MIT Open Learning Library, to learn the technical content, and meet together in person for the communication component, developing and polishing their Op-Eds.

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Marina Dang, Michael Short, and Anne White. 22.011 Nuclear Engineering: Science, Systems and Society. Spring 2020. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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