|| IP36620 |
|| STRATEGY IN THE NUCLEAR AGE |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Professor Mike Williams |
|| 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 Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours ||50%|
|Semester Assessment|| 2 x Seminar Presentation ||20%|
|Semester Assessment|| 1 x 1,500 word paper ||30%|
|Supplementary Exam|| Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics.|| |
On completion of the module, students will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the key concerns of strategic studies since 1945, and of the assumptions underpinning strategic thought.
- critically discuss the theory of nuclear deterrence and the development of nuclear strategy
- discuss the new forms and dynamics of post-Cold War military force
- assess emerging trends in strategic relations and their significance.
- analyze the relationship between strategy and cultural contexts
- assess the questions surrounding nuclear proliferation.
This module is concerned with the development and nature of strategic thinking in the nuclear age.
The module involves a consideration of: the nature, concerns and problems of strategic studies; the relationship between strategy and its social contexts; deterrence and nuclear strategy; the post-Cold War development of strategic relations.
The module discusses the differences and similarities between nuclear and pre-nuclear strategy. After examining different strategic theories, it goes on to discuss the evolution of nuclear strategies and capabilities, questions surrounding proliferation, the impact of new technologies upon strategic relations, and new and emerging forms and structures of conflict.
Students will have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of transferable skills which will help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas. Throughout the course, students should practice and enhance their reading, comprehension and thinking skills. Ins lectures, students will develop listening and note-taking skills, as well as analytic skills. In seminars, case- and problem-based scenarios will allow students to develop their analytic and debating skills, as well as enhancing teamwork capacities and presentational abilities. Essay writing will encourage students to practice their independent research, writing, and IT skills, and the examination will test these skills under time constraint conditions.
10 ECTS Credits
** Recommended Text
Lawrence Freedman The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy
This module is at CQFW Level 6