2020 Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Analysis II

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Technology and Innovation Management
Instructor(s)
Ikegami Masako 
Course component(s)
Lecture    (ZOOM)
Day/Period(Room No.)
Thr9-10(Zoom)  
Group
-
Course number
TIM.C511
Credits
1
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/28
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

This course is designed to introduce the historical case studies of critical decision-making over the development and use of nuclear weapons and technology. Main topics include: Atoms for peace, development and comparative analysis of nuclear power policies, international regime for nuclear material control, crisis analysis of nuclear disaster, and nuclear security. The course also include engineering ethics issues such as contentious "big data and ethics (weapons of math destruction" and "pseudo science".

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:
• acquire the basic concepts and understanding of the topics covered in this course thorough literature reading;
• develop capabilities of analyzing the historical and current cases of critical decision-making over the development and use of nuclear technology;
• demonstrate capabilities of discussing the complexity of specific nuclear policy issues through critical thinking and essay work.

Keywords

science & technology, research & development policy analysis, technology and security,nuclear technology and nuclear security, nuclear power policy

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course consists of obligatory lectures and seminars, oral presentation of the students' independent research (individually or in group), and final essay.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction: Atoms for Peace in the age of Big Science Introduction Atoms for Peace President Eisenhower's historic address at the UN "Atoms for Peace" paved the way for the civilian use of nuclear power.
Class 2 Japan's nuclear policy analysis International comparative analysis of nuclear policy Japan's nuclear policy analysis prompted by "Atoms for peace" and the US-Soviet Cold War confrontation. International comparative analysis of nuclear policy; e.g. US, UK, Germany, France, Sweden
Class 3 International regime for the control of nuclear materials Nuclear security International regime for the control of nuclear materials as a highly strategic issue; Nuclear security
Class 4 Examining nuclear catastrophe: Fukushima, Chernobyl, etc. by Prof. Narabayashi What went wrong with the nuclear catastrophes in Fukushima, Chernobyl, etc.?
Class 5 Risk analysis of advanced science & technology society Risk analysis of advanced science & technology society
Class 6 Environment & energy policy and pseudo science by external expert (Uppsala University) Environment & energy policy and pseudo science by external expert (Uppsala University)
Class 7 Big data and ethics by external expert (Uppsala University) Big data and ethics; "Weapons of Math Destruction"
Class 8 Oral presentation and Wrap-up discussion Oral presentation and Wrap-up discussion

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.

Textbook(s)

A compendium of articles and book chapters may be included as hand-outs

Reference books, course materials, etc.

A compendium of articles and book chapters may be included as hand-outs

Assessment criteria and methods

The evaluation is based on the followings:
• Regular class attendance and active participation: 50%
• Essay work (final paper) with oral presentation: 50% (essay 30% + oral presentation 20%)

Related courses

  • TIM.C510 : Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Analysis I
  • TIM.C532 : Research, Development, Test & Evaluation of Advanced/Defense Technology
  • NCL.O510 : World Politics and Nonproliferation in the Nuclear Age

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Completing "Science, technology and innovation policy analysis I" is recommended but not compulsory.

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