This module examines the historical and structural, institutional and normative aspects of global nuclear order. Controlling the spread of weapons of mass destruction and eliminating existing arsenals remains a fundamental challenge for global and regional security and continues to shape international security threat perceptions and actions of powerful states in unpredictable and often destabilising ways. The module will explore: the history of the nuclear age; theories of nuclear deterrence, nuclear proliferation, counter-proliferation, nuclear abstinence, and nuclear disarmament; and the global politics of nuclear weapons since 9/11. Seminars will explore critical nuclear controversies to apply conceptual and empirical understanding to specific cases, such as Iran’s nuclear programme; the A. Q. Khan network; the UK, Trident and nuclear identities; and civil society and nuclear disarmament. It will be helpful to have some background in international relations.
Convenor: Dr Nick Ritchie
One term (Autumn)
|20 credit module|
Active involvement in seminars. One 1,000 word essay to be submitted by Friday of week 8 of the autumn term.
One essay of up to 3,000 words to be submitted on Monday, Week 1, Spring Term.
Dr Nick Ritchie
Tel: 01904 324104