Energy Education in the Higher Education Systems of California

by York T. Mandra, San Francisco State Univ, San Francisco, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


At San Francisco State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara there is an energy course: Societal Problems of Energy that is designed for non-science majors. The course has as its central theme two of the most controversial uses of commercial energy in California: offshore oil production; and commercial nuclear power as a source of electricity. This paper deals only with the nuclear portion of the course. Three sub-topics are presented: radiation, plant safety, and the burial of the high level nuclear waste of commercial plants. The method of teaching this class is different because of the field trips and the large number of guest experts who speak to the class.

Subject Headings: Nuclear power | Power plants | Education | Colleges and universities | Radioactive wastes | Waste disposal | Electric power | California | United States

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