2020 World Politics and Nonproliferation in the Nuclear Age

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Instructor(s)
Hayashizaki Noriyosu  Ikegami Masako  Han Chi Young  Hori Masato  Akiyama Nobumasa  Kikuchi Masahiro 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
Fri7-8(Zoom)  
Group
-
Course number
NCL.O510
Credits
1
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/18
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

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).

Keywords

NPT, Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safeguards, International Community

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

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

  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

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

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.

Textbook(s)

Not specified

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Provided on OCW-i in each class

Assessment criteria and methods

Report in each class

Related courses

  • NCL.O401 : Nuclear Non-proliferation and Security
  • NCL.O511 : Nuclear Non-proliferation and Security Exercise

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None

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