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Syllabus Nuclear Proliferation Deterrence and Arms Control: Challenges and Policy Options for Europe - 54853

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Last update 11-12-2019
HU Credits: 1

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: European Studies

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: English

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Dr. Martin Senn

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Coordinator Office Hours:

Teaching Staff:
Prof Martin Senn

Course/Module description:
The course analyzes the history and current developments in the field of nuclear-weapons (non)proliferation, arms control, and disarmament with a particular focus on Europe.

Course/Module aims:

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
The students should be able to
reflect on the fundamental technological aspects of nuclear proliferation.
reflect cases of (potential) proliferation on the basis of existing theories.
reflect on theories and practices of nuclear deterrence and arms control.
reflect on theories and practices of nuclear non- and counter-proliferation.
reflect on the challenges and policy options for Europe.

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:

Course/Module Content:
The course introduces students to the demand- and supply sides of nuclear proliferation (why and how states acquire nuclear weapons), nuclear strategy and (in)stability, nuclear arms control and nonproliferation. It approaches these topics from a European perspective, i.e. it focuses on European threat perceptions and counter-strategies in this policy field.

Required Reading:
Will be announced at the beginning of the course

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 100 %
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Additional information:
Presentation 40%
Students will work on a case-study and present their findings in class.
Essay/Project work
On the basis of their in-class case study, students will develop a more focused research question for a final paper.
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
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