Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3054: Nuclear Weapons in International Relations

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module is structured in three parts. 1) Following an introductory seminar, the module tracks the history of nuclear weapons since World War Two; 2) it examines a range of highly contested analytical and normative problems created in the nuclearized era; and 3) finally, it examines competing arguments for how states should approach and manage nuclear weapons in our time.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities
Guided Independent Study50Private study – reading and preparing for seminars
Guided Independent Study78Preparation for essay – including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing up the essay. Exam revision.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).