Nuclear Weapons - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

This unit was previously known as Weapons of Mass Destruction: Proliferation and Control.

Weapons of Mass Destruction have fundamentally transformed how states find themselves in and manage international disputes. The quick and total destruction that nuclear weapons offer has fundamentally changed the international system and the prospects for regional peace and stability since 1945. This unit will focus on nuclear weapons and address their impact on the Cold War and then China, India and Pakistan and Iran and North Korea, why states develop nuclear weapons and potential future nuclear powers in East Asia. The unit will also address nuclear non-proliferation initiatives and Australian nuclear issues. The unit addresses the fundamental questions regarding how nuclear weapons have influenced international politics, whether their impact in twenty-first century Asia is different to the Cold War, and policy trade-offs and challenges for Australia and its allies. 

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain and describe the history and current state of weapons of mass destruction proliferation and risk
  2. identify nuclear weapons within a wider security studies related theoretical and conceptual base
  3. recognize and assess threat and risk scenarios within which nuclear weapons might exist
  4. critically evaluate and analyse a range of scholarly literature relating to nuclear weapons in order to subsequently conceptualise related risks, threats and scenarios
  5. synthesise and apply existing knowledge and theories from across the spectrum of security studies in order to integrate WMD related knowledge
  6. construct written and oral arguments relating to nuclear weapons research and deliver them to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  7. present sustained, coherent and logical arguments, demonstrating engagement with literature
  8. critically analyse future threats and opportunities from State and Non-State actors in line with issues pertinent to nuclear weapons.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (50%)

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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