2016 International Relations of Nuclear Technology

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Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Taniguchi Tomihiro  Omoto Akira 
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Course description and aims

”International Relations of Nuclear Technology” is about a big picture of international relations regarding nuclear technology in the contemporary world of globalization and innovation. Multi-disciplinary approaches ranging from politics, economy and culture to geopolitics and their integration are explored.
Practical knowledge on global governance, its mechanisms, international organizations and overall regime,focusing on nuclear safety and security, are discussed in detail, in order to build capacity for international negotiation and leadership in international organizations. This course intends to provide comprehensive and trans-disciplinary perspectives and methodology to deal with the complex structure and changes of the world surrounding nuclear technology which is intrinsically international and multi-faceted.

Student learning outcomes

1. To acquire basic knowledge on international relations regarding nuclear technology focused on institutional frameworks and international organizations in the areas of nuclear safety and security.
2. To improve practical ways of thinking, judgement and communication skills to build capacity for international negotiation and leadership in international organizations


International Relations, Sovereign States, Balance of Power, Globalization, International Organizations, Governance, International Law, International Standards, Compliance, Sanction, Institution, NPT Regime, IAEA, Atoms for Peace

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course aims at acquisition of basic knowledge of nuclear international relations, improvement of ways of thinking through lectures, student presentations, debates and case studies.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of the International relations of nuclear technology Acquisition of a big picture of international relations of nuclear technology
Class 2 Nuclear technology and international politics Multi-disciplinary consideration of international relations of nuclear technology focussing on politics
Class 3 Global governance and international regimes for nuclear technology Basic knowledge of global governance of nuclear technology
Class 4 International regimes of nuclear safety and security Detailed understanding of international safety and security regimes
Class 5 Historical insights and current issues of international organizations in nuclear area Consideration on history and current status international organizations in nuclear area
Class 6 International collaborations and trends in the world market in nuclear area Basic understanding of the current world nuclear market
Class 7 Challenges faced by new entrants and emerging countries in developing nuclear power Consideration on difficult challenges of new entrants in developing nuclear power
Class 8 Reflection and prospect of international relations of nuclear technology Summary reflection and future prospect of this course


1、Robert O. Keohane &Joseph S. Nye Jr., "Power & Interdependence″, Longman ,2011                                              2、Paul Bracken, "The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics″Times Books ,2012

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Assessment criteria and methods

Presentation (30%), Discussions (20%) and Term Paper(50%)

Related courses

  • NCL.U508 : International Political Economy and Energy Strategy
  • NCL.U501 : Nuclear Dojo 1

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