With the need to reduce carbon emissions around the world, the way we generate our power has to change and nuclear energy is back on the political agenda. The question of whether we should get electricity from nuclear power remains a tough one for governments all over the world. While it offers a sustainable, low carbon and secure way of meeting our energy needs, big questions surround the economic viability, the perceived dangers and the public acceptability associated with power plant operations and radioactive wastes.
But do you know your fission from your fusion? Would you like the knowledge to make an informed decision? Discover the science behind nuclear energy and its role in energy provision in the past, present and future with this free online course “The Science of Nuclear Energy“.
The Science of Nuclear Energy Course Content
This free course will delve into the science behind nuclear power and explain what happens inside a nuclear reactor and what it means for an element to be radioactive. It will explore some of the risks of producing nuclear power and examine the arguments for and against including it in future energy planning as well as looking at other potential future solutions.
The course does not assume any prior knowledge of nuclear energy and can be enjoyed by anyone interested in science and becoming more informed of energy choices.
Summary of Main Course Features
- Educators: Sam Smidt and Gemma Warriner
- Publisher: The Open University
- Duration: 4 weeks x 3 hours per week
- Starts: 23 May 2016
- Certificates available