Nuclear Weapons in International Security

This course provides you with an understanding of the role of nuclear weaponry in international security and the technological evolution of nuclear weapons systems. Debates on nuclear weapons strategy are a key part of the course but are complemented by a coverage of wider political and cultural issues.

What does the course lead to?

During this course, you will learn to use critically relevant concepts and theories of nuclear weapons strategy and armscontrol. You will be able to account for the importance of nuclear weapons for international security and global society since 1945.

The course addresses relevant issues and contemporary political debates at a time of increasing nuclear instability. You also get to focus on the social and cultural ramifications of life in the nuclear age. After the course, you will be able to independently evaluate contemporary debates on nuclear issues such as modernization, non-proliferation, and disarmament.

Structure of the course

The course consists of lectures, seminars, and an individual written assignment in the form of a home exam.

During the lectures, the theme of the week is introduced. Key issues within the course literature are highlighted before the seminars, which are the most important part of the course and require active participation.

Application Code


Study Pace




Starting Term

Autumn Term 2024

Study Period

2024 week 45 - 49


Basic level

Study Mode



Freestanding course


General entry requirements + Samhällskunskap (Civics) A alternatively Samhällskunskap (Civics) 1b alternatively Samhällskunskap (Civics) 1a1 + 1a2 and English proficiency equivalent to English B or English 6 is also required.



Language of Instruction

The teaching is conducted in English.


If you have questions about the course, please contact the Study Counsellors.

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Published 2023-09-19 Updated 2024-04-16