2017 Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Analysis I

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Technology and Innovation Management
Instructor(s)
Ikegami Masako 
Course component(s)
Lecture     
Day/Period(Room No.)
Thr9-10(W933)  
Group
-
Course number
TIM.C510
Credits
1
Academic year
2017
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2017/9/26
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
English
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Course description and aims

This course is designed to introduce the historical case studies of critical decision-making over the development and use of nuclear weapons and technology.

Main topics include: the Manhattan Project, atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Cuban missile crisis, nuclear arms race during the Cold War, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation, North Korean and Iranian nuclear crises, missile defence, arms control & nuclear non-proliferation, and nuclear energy. Some policy issues, such as nuclear arms control and disarmament, nuclear deterrence, nuclear diplomacy and nuclear energy, are also included.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:
• Acquire the basic concepts and understanding of the topics covered in this course thorough literature reading;
• Develop capabilities of analyzing the historical and current cases of critical decision-making over the development and use of nuclear weapons;
• Demonstrate capabilities of discussing the complexity of specific nuclear policy issues through critical thinking and essay work.

Keywords

science & technology (S&T), research & development (R&D), decision-making, policy analysis, defense & security, nuclear non-proliferation, arms control & disarmament

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course consists of obligatory lectures and seminars. Each student is required to read the assigned readings and come prepared to discuss them. Active participation, oral presentation and essay work are required to pass the course. Basic knowledge of international politics is preferable for effective participation. The evaluation is based on the followings:
• Regular class attendance and active participation: 30%
• Essay work (final paper) with oral presentation: 70% (essay 50% + oral presentation 20%)

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Introduction
Class 2 The Manhattan Project: Developing the Atomic bomb The Manhattan Project: Developing the Atomic bomb
Class 3 Decision-making of the use of the Atomic bomb re-examined Decision-making of the use of the Atomic bomb re-examined
Class 4 The Cold War nuclear arms race, nuclear deterrence doctrine and strategy The Cold War nuclear arms race, nuclear deterrence doctrine and strategy
Class 5 Nuclear non-proliferation, arms control & disarmament Nuclear non-proliferation, arms control & disarmament
Class 6 The Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) and missile defence The Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) and missile defence
Class 7 Nuclear non-proliferation under the NPT regime Nuclear non-proliferation under the NPT regime
Class 8 Summary and discussion Summary and discussion

Textbook(s)

A compendium of articles and book chapters may be distributed as hand-outs

Reference books, course materials, etc.

A compendium of articles and book chapters may be included as hand-outs

Assessment criteria and methods

The evaluation is based on the followings:
• Regular class attendance and active participation: 30%
• Essay work (final paper) with oral presentation: 70% (essay 50% + oral presentation 20%)

Related courses

  • TIM.C511 : Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Analysis II

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

To complete with "Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Analysis II" is preferable.

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