This course is not limited to just the course component, but also focuses on why we learn and acquire ethics, which contributes to later improvements. Students learn about ethics necessary for research, development, and operations involved with nuclear power. By lecturing on ethical decision making, and what is needed for taking actions based on this decision making, and offering hypothetical and real examples in the research, development, and operations phases, students gain an understanding of the relationship nuclear power technology has with society, and learn how best to fulfill their responsibility as an actor in the nuclear power technology field.
Because this course promotes ethical behavior of scientists and engineers, we place important on offering not just an analog lecture format, but also group discussions among classmates and class discussions between instructor and students, providing students with the greatest possible time for thinking on their own.
Students will acquire the following knowledge and skills from taking this course.
1) Understand from what values (ideas) nuclear power technology developed and expanded.
2) Understand ethical decision making methods and be able to implement them in real instances.
3) Understand the necessity and importance of having ethical values for oneself, and express in one's own words how to fulfill one's responsibility.
Scientists ethics, Engineer ethics, Case studies, Risk-communication, out-reach activity, resilience engineering, safety culture
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Held in a mix of lecture format and discussion format. Depending on the content, lecture format may dominate in one class, or discussion format in another, but overall 60% lecture format is planned.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Target of this class (Ethics in research development and safety culture)||Has sound ethical views for R&D, safety culture, and security culture.|
|Class 2||Ethical decision for nuclear development: Society Code of Ethics, Seven-steps-guide||Has strong ethical values and ethical decision making regarding nuclear power development.|
|Class 3||Nuclear and ethics history 1 Researches for nuclear bomb development and peaceful use of nuclear energy||Can explain developments in the research of nuclear weapons and peaceful development.|
|Class 4||Nuclear and ethics history 2 Accidents of TMI, Chernobyl, JCO||Can explain accidents such as TMI, Chernobyl, and JCO.|
|Class 5||Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident and Resilience Engineering 1 Whether accidents could be prevented?||Can explain resilience engineering with regards to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.|
|Class 6||Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident and Resilience Engineering 2 Learning from the accident||Can explain what was learned from the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.|
|Class 7||Risk and out-reach activity in nuclear technology||Can explain risk and outreach activites regarding nuclear power technology.|
|Class 8||Ethics for future nuclear development and decommissioning||Can explain the ethics necessary for supporting future work such as nuclear power development and reactor decommissioning.|
No. However, it is recommended to read related books published from academic societies.
Hand out would be passed occasionally.
Evaluated based on short report (70%) in each lecture and the final report (30%).