• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities (INTR2024)

This course will not run in 2017. Students interested in nuclear weapons-related issues should enrol in STST2124 for Semester 1, 2017.

Numerous nuclear threats and challenges face the Asia-Pacific. Rogue nuclear states, proliferation challenges, great power rivalries, emerging ballistic missile defences, eroding arms control agreements, concerns over disarmament obligations, and the problems associated with strategic trade management and the peaceful use of nuclear energy all threaten regional stability. In addition to presenting the fundamental conceptual approaches to understanding the politics of nuclear issues in the region, this course examines how these and other real-world policy challenges are playing out in the rapidly changing Asia-Pacific region.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should have: 

  1. A comprehensive knowledge of the key concepts, historical evolution and like future trajectory of nuclear proliferation, disarmament and deterrence issues in the Asia-Pacific
  2. A critical understanding of the key regional and systemic drivers of nuclear behaviour, military and civilian, in the Asia Pacific;
  3. Deeper insights into nuclear challenges from different perspectives across the region;
  4. A developed capacity to present strong arguments in their written and oral work and to link relevant concepts to actual practice skills (as developed through written assessments, in-class discussions and tutorial-based activities).

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial presentation     10%                
  2. Mid-term quiz                    20%                     
  3. Research Essay                 40%
  4. Final Examination           30%

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35 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

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed readings will be made available on Wattle




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

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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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