Module Identifier IP36620  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Mike Williams  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours 16 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   8 Hours 8 x 1 hour  
Assessment Seminar presentation   1 x seminar presentation   10%  
  Essay   1 x 2,000 word essay   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours   60%  


At the end of this module students should be able to:

10 ECTS Credits

Brief description

This module is concerned with the development and nature of strategic thinking in the nuclear age. The course involves a consideration of deterrence and nuclear strategy; the British independent deterrent; proliferation; limited war; NATO, Soviet and Russian strategies; and the emergence of 'post-modern' war and strategies of cyber-deterrence. Conventional war; peacekeeping and crisis management; guerrilla warfare; intra-command conflict and terrorism will also be examined.


The aim of this module is to provide a thorough understanding of the key strategic theories developed during the nuclear age, of the assumptions underpinning these theories, and of some of the problems in transferring these theories into practice. It also examines contemporary transformations in security and strategic relations.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Lawrence Freedman. The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy, 2nd edition.
Michale Klare ed. World Security.