- Code STST8026
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Strategic Studies
- Areas of interest Political Sciences, Physics
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Stephan Fruehling
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.
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.
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.
Short written assignment 20%, Essay 40%, Examination 40%
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