• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations

Numerous nuclear threats and challenges play out in the Asia-Pacific region. The region includes six of the nine nuclear-armed states and is a key site for 'extended nuclear deterrence' guarantees; it includes three of the most 'latent'  nuclear states in the world; it is at the forefront of the so-called civilian nuclear 'renaissance'; it is also on the front line of emerging debates about the link between advanced conventional weapons (missile defence, anti-satellite weapons etc.) and nuclear balances; and it is also a central focus for those concerned with arms control and disarmament. 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 against the backdrop of a region in the midst of a major power transition.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the key concepts, historical evolution and likely future trajectory of nuclear proliferation, disarmament and deterrence issues in the Asia-Pacific;
  2. Possess a critical understanding of the key regional and systemic drivers of nuclear behaviour, military and civilian, in the Asia Pacific;
  3. Understand different perspectives from across the region on key strategic and ethical debates relating to nuclear weapons;
  4. Develop the 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) [LO null]
  2. Mid-term quiz (20) [LO null]
  3. Research Essay (40) [LO null]
  4. Final Examination (30) [LO null]

In response to COVID-19, ANU has changed the mode of delivery for all classes in Semester 1 2020 to remote delivery.

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Workload

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have successfully completed 24 units of university courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed STST2124 Politics of Nuclear Weapons.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed readings will be made available on Wattle

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

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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 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
4157 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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