This course is designed to provide the fundamentals of nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards from a historical and political point of view. It covers the politics and challenges of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and Japan's role and contribution to the NPT Regime. Various case studies on the international community for nuclear non-proliferation are also discussed about nuclear program and denuclearization, safeguards and verification, and verification technologies. This course aims that students learn the efforts of the international community for nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards, and understand its importance for peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Students will learn 1) historical context and challenges of the NPT, 2) the mechanism of the NPT regime, 3) the past nuclear program and denuclearization, and 4) basic concepts of safeguards and verification, and then understand the importance of nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards.
|✔ Applicable||How instructors' work experience benefits the course|
|Some instructors have a long working experience as experts in the field of nuclear disarmament, international politics, and nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards at the Department of Safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, the Nuclear Material Control Center (NMCC), and the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA).|
NPT, Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safeguards, International Community
|✔ Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Classes will be conducted in English using English lecture materials, but if necessary, Japanese materials will be distributed separately to provide supplementary lectures in Japanese.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction and Historical Context of the NPT||To understand historical background of the NPT beginning with the Manhattan Project which developed the atomic bombs|
|Class 2||Politics and Challenges of the NPT||To understand world politics and challenges of the NPT regime through and after the Cold War|
|Class 3||Nuclear Program and Denuclearization of South Africa, Libya, Iraq, Iran, and DPRK (1)||To gain knowledge of nuclear program and denuclearization efforts such as dismantlement and verification from the past cases|
|Class 4||Nuclear Program and Denuclearization of South Africa, Libya, Iraq, Iran, and DPRK (2)||To gain knowledge of nuclear program and denuclearization efforts such as dismantlement and verification from the past cases|
|Class 5||Japan's Role and Contribution to the NPT Regime||To explore the mechanism of the NPT regime and Japan’s contribution to nuclear non-proliferation in the regime|
|Class 6||Design Concepts of Verification Regime under the NPT||To understand the design concepts of non-proliferation|
|Class 7||Relationship between the CSA and the AP with Required Technologies||To understand the relationship between the CSA and the AP with required technologies|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
Provided on OCW-i in each class
Report in each class