• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences, Physics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Stephan Fruehling
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This masters level course examines the use of nuclear weapons for political objectives.  It reviews the development and current state of nuclear weapons technology, and how nuclear weapons have enabled various deterrence and warfighting strategies during and after the Cold War. Non-proliferation and arms control are examined as ways to limit the spread of nuclear technology. The course then on nuclear weapons proliferation and strategy in specific countries and situations in Asia, and demonstrates how various states in the region seek to attain their political goals through procuring, deploying, and, if necessary, using nuclear weapons. North Korea, Pakistan, India, China and the United States are all discussed with a particular emphasis on the interplay and relationship between the political goals, available technology, and employment strategies. The course concludes with a session on Australia's nuclear policy in past, present and future.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will develop a sound understanding of nuclear technology and nuclear strategy; an understanding of the key issues in nuclear weapons programmes of established and new nuclear powers in the Asia-Pacific; strong analytical skills in understanding and evaluating these issues and debates; and the capacity to write clearly and effectively on these matters for a variety of audiences.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus

Indicative Assessment

Short written assignment 20%, Essay 40%, Examination 40%

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Workload

Standard SDSC delivery, based in Canberra on ANU campus.

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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
3252 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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