Weapons of Mass Destruction

As taught Autumn Semester 2010
Dr Matthew Rendall, School of Politics and International Relations

With the possible exception of climate change, weapons of mass destruction are probably the only thing on the planet that could conceivably mean curtains for all of us. Yet Britain has relied on its nuclear arsenal for decades, and other states seem anxious to acquire one. Why do some countries have these things? What, if anything, should we do about them? How should we feel about their spread? These are some of the questions we will examine in this module. The goal is to familiarise you with the policy issues and the theoretical debates underlying them.

Module Code:M13103
Credits: 20 credits
Suitable for study at: Undergraduate level 3
Method and Frequency of Class: 2 x 1 hour lecture per week and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week
Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester
Target Students: Third Year Politics students and students from the Arts & Social Sciences. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Offering School: Politics and International Relations