|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||11 x 2 hour seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 X 1,000 word document analysis||10%|
|Semester Assessment||1 X 3,000 word essay||40%|
|Semester Assessment||1 X 4,000 word essay||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Critically analyse the debate surrounding nuclear weapons
2. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the historiographical and contemporary contexts of the nuclear debate
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of strategic theory and practice and an awareness of the work of key thinkers in the field of nuclear weapons
4. Evaluate the role nuclear weapons played in shaping the Cold War and why it didn't turn 'hot'
5. Critically assess the nuclear arms control process from 1945-the present
6. Assess why some states continue to proliferate and why some eschew the development of nuclear weapons
This module provides a detailed and holistic approach to nuclear history, nuclear/conventional strategy and forces whilst integrating this with efforts to curb non-proliferation through international law (the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) and international institutions (the United Nations, International Atomic Energy Agency and Nuclear Suppliers Group). In this latter setting this module is also able to examine the major issues facing the world today in areas of non or counter proliferation and the possibility of nuclear terrorism.
2. The origins and development of the Manhattan Project and the origins of nuclear strategy
3. Intelligence and espionage: The origins and development of the Soviet nuclear programme
4. 'The Bloody Union Jack' and the Tricolor: Britain, France and 'medium' nuclear powers
5. The Sword and the Shield: NATO and the Warsaw Pact
6. Means of delivery and nuclear weapons: Questions of geography and security
7. The Limited Test Ban Treaty, the Non Proliferation Treaty, Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty and INF
8. Nuclear proliferation: Israel, India and Pakistan-The 'nth country' problem
9. Arms control 1991-present: Lessons learned?
10. Global governance, non-proliferation and nuclear terrorism: Is a nuclear weapons free world possible?
11. Overview and conclusion
This module is at CQFW Level 7