Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to: • Provide an introduction to the issues raised through the politics of nuclear weapons • Offer an overview of the literature on nuclear weapons, and of key debates about their past, present and future use • Encourage students to think critically about nuclear weapons and their use • Provide the theoretical and empirical tools necessary to understand and critically assess different perspectives on nuclear weapons • Encourage students to build coherent and persuasive arguments in both written and verbal form.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to: • Demonstrate a sound grasp of the main theoretical arguments and substantive issues regarding nuclear weapons • Demonstrate knowledge of the key actors in the politics of nuclear weapons, and the institutions and processes through which they interact • Apply the knowledge they have gained to questions of policy affecting organisations both in the public and private sectors • Conduct research to postgraduate level • Present work coherently and to a high academic standard.

Timetabled teaching activities

9 seminars (2 hours each)

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: PO9C8-20)
A (Assessed work only) 5000 word essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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