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Christopher D Jones
SIS 427
Seattle Campus

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Development, Deployment, and Detection

Practical understanding of the development of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons plus missile delivery systems. Proliferation detection technology and its limitations. Case studies of past and current arms control agreements and non-proliferation programs.

Class description

Course taught by two visiting practitioners: James Fuller and Mark Leek.

The class consists of one three-hour lecture and one 2-hour topical discussion session per week over the extent of the quarter. The lectures cover the following topics: technical dimensions of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and their delivery systems, weapons effects, overview of the various relevant arms reduction treaties and agreements and their verification, and international proliferation prevention programs and some of the associated lessons learned. There is an emphasis on nuclear weapons. During the discussion session, topics of current relevance are discussed. The primary learning goal is a basic technical understanding of the various types of weapons of mass destruction at a level consistent with an entry level international security specialist in government, academia, or non-governmentyal organization. Students will be expected to learn the basic types/classes of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons as well as their effects. At the end of the term, a basic understanding of US Government successes and failures in limiting the spread of such weaponry is also a goal.

Student learning goals

Students will be able to follow high-level debates over the intersection of non-poliferation policy goals and technical issues and problems.

General method of instruction

3-hour classroom lecture with breaks, one day per week and a 2-hour discussion session on a current relevant topic.

Recommended preparation

None required, but a keen interest in the topic is helpful.

Class assignments and grading

There is no final examination associated with these courses. The final grade will be based on performance on two written examinations at the end of the associated teaching modules: Examination 1 @25% on the nuclear weapons lectures, Examination 2 @25% on chemical and biological weapons topics, and 40% on a midterm paper administered consistent with the discussion session topics. The only required assignments will be reading foundational articles and perhaps a short book relevant to the discussion session topics.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 01/26/2010