POLT 592 (01) - Selected Topics in International Politics

Selected Topics Intl Politics

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2022 - Full Term (01/25/2022 - 05/09/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 54766
Examines specialized issues in international politics. Topics may include ethnic conflict, non-proliferations and global security, economic and political globalization, etc. Not offered every semester. See departmental listings for semester offerings. Writing Intensive. 4 crs.
Section Comments: Topic: Challenges of Nuclear Weapons.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Equivalent(s): POLT 660
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Jen Spindel

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 TR 2:10pm - 3:30pm HORT 307
Additional Course Details: 

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This course will give students a historically and theoretically grounded understanding of key issues related to nuclear weapons and issues likley to arise in the future. Students will learn the major theories used to understand nuclear weapons, including the nuclear revolution, mutually assured destruction, and nuclear doctrines. The second part of the course will focus on the nuclear weapons states, nuclear crises, and nuclear negotiations, and issues including nuclear latency, nuclear terrorism, the effects of cyber and artificial intelligence on strategic stability, and the nuclear taboo.  The course will include occassional meetings during the common hour where students will attend guest lectures from visiting scholars and policymakers. Students should be prepared to attend these common hour events. This is a special topics course; students who have taken a different POLT 592 course may still enroll in this course.