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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Conduct historically-informed analysis of the different nuclear postures of those states that possess nuclear weapons.
- Critically examine how policymakers might be influenced by incentives and disincentives for both proliferation and nonproliferation.
- Dissect debates surrounding nuclear arms control and disarmament including the contemporary and likely future prospects for both.
- Make informed arguments about the best ways to use policy to reduce nuclear proliferation and encourage nuclear restraint.
- Analyse and make informed arguments about about the role of new technological developments in challenging the global nuclear order.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation 10%
Mid-term quiz 20%
Research Essay 40%
Final Examination 30%
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Workload35 contact hours per semester
A 2-hour lecture session per week for 12 weeks and a 1-hour tutorial per week for 11 weeks of the semester.
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