This is a syllabus for a college course intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the theoretical issues surrounding nuclear weapons, their historical development, and the impact they have had historically on global politics and in current policy debates. The course examines conceptual foundations, organizational structures and functions, decision making processes, and priority issues in military strategies with a special focus on the role of strategic weapons in the nuclear age.
In the course, students are exposed to the science and technology behind the weapons, the histories of the existing nine nuclear weapons states, and will build on the technical and case knowledge to explore critical issues of nuclear strategy. Topics include, but are not limited to, deterrence, compellence, nuclear use and non-use, and nuclear strategy. A significant amount of attention will also be paid to the theoretical debates, policy concerns, and historical evidence regarding the causes and consequences of nuclear proliferation. A significant amount of the course readings are drawn from both scholars and practitioners of international security and nuclear strategy. This course is suitable for students with a general background in international affairs and some familiarity with military strategy and should be of interest to students seeking to improve their understanding of nuclear security and arms control, and of particular utility to students considering careers in national and international security. The course is conducted as part lecture and part interactive undergraduate seminar.
|Content Tag||Arms Control, Higher Education, nuclear weapon, syllabus|
|Minimum Number of Participants||10|
|Maximum Number of Participants||35|
|Group or Individual||Groups, Individuals|
|Recommended group size||N/A|
|Number of Leaders||N/A|
|Total Prep Time||N/A|
|Total activity time||16 weeks semester|