2016 Introduction to Management of Technology III

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Academic unit or major
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Instructor(s)
Ikegami Masako 
Course component(s)
Lecture     
Day/Period(Room No.)
Thr7-8(W934)  
Group
-
Course number
LAW.X205
Credits
1
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2016/9/29
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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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, technology and security, research & development policy analysis

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, oral presentation of the students' independent research (individually or in group), and final essay.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Science and technology and the modern nation-state system
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 Defense Technology Development and the Military-Industrial Complex
Class 5 Nuclear arms race, nuclear deterrence, arms control and nuclear non-proliferation Nuclear arms race, nuclear deterrence, arms control and nuclear non-proliferation
Class 6 New security threats and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
Class 7 Cutting-edge technology and human beings: From big science to IT, soft power, and nanotechnology
Class 8 Summary and discussion; Oral presentation of the students' independent research

Textbook(s)

To be announced. Articles and book chapters off-prints will be distributed via OCW as handouts (supplementary documents).

Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be announced. Articles and book chapters off-prints will be distributed via OCW as handouts (supplementary documents).

Assessment criteria and methods

 Active in-class participation (40%)
 Oral presentation offering a critical evaluation of assigned readings (30%)
 Final essay (30%)

Related courses

  • TIM.C510 : Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Analysis I
  • TIM.C511 : Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Analysis II
  • TIM.C532 : Research, Development, Test & Evaluation of Advanced/Defense Technology

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

All Welcome!

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