• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Kalman Robertson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course will examine the origins of the drive for nuclear weapons, the history of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, and incentives and disincentives for nuclear proliferation and nonproliferation.  Students will analyze current nuclear weapons states, “threshold” states, and states that purposefully chose to forgo nuclear weapons development – as well as the importance of non-state actors who seek to influence these states.  The course will also explore the contemporary disarmament debate to shed light on the major obstacles to nuclear disarmament and possible paths around them.  Finally, students will evaluate future trends in nuclear politics, from the importance of regional efforts toward disarmament to the critical role civil society may play in influence the global nuclear future.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use their understanding of nuclear science to analyse current debates surrounding uranium enrichment, nuclear fuel banks, plutonium production, and more.
  2. Assess the utility of international organizations in managing a serious security issue such as nuclear weapons.
  3. Critically examine how policymakers might be influenced by incentives and disincentives for both proliferation and nonproliferation.
  4. Dissect debates surrounding nuclear disarmament to come to reasoned conclusions about the promise and peril of pursuing “global zero”.
  5. Make informed arguments about the best ways to use policy to reduce nuclear proliferation and encourage nuclear restraint.

Indicative Assessment

Nuclear Science Exam (10%) (multiple choice and short answer) [Learning Outcome 1] (in class).

Analytical Policy Report (45%) (2000 words) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5].

Final Sit-Down Exam (45%) (short answer and essays) [Learning Outcomes 1-5] (during exam period).

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Workload

Students are expected to spend approximately 10 hours a week on this course, participating in a weekly 3-hour lecture and discussion (forum) segment, working through the reading program, and completing the assessment tasks.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed POLS1005 or POLS1006; or permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

None

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Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4235 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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