Module Identifier IP36620  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Professor Mike Williams  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours (18 x 1 hour)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   8 hours (4 x 2 hour)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2000 word essay  30%
Semester Assessment 2 x Seminar Presentation  20%
Supplementary Exam Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module. For further clarification please contact the Academic Administrator in the Department of International Politics. 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

This module is concerned with the development and nature of strategic thinking in the nuclear age.


The aim of this module is to


This module is concerned with the development and nature of strategic thinking in the nuclear age. The syllabus 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 ranging from the role of nuclear weapons, to questions surrounding proliferation, to the impact of new technologies upon strategic relations, to new and emerging forms and structures of conflict.

Transferable skills

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   

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Lawrence Freedman The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy 2nd.


This module is at CQFW Level 6