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Political Science 486C/4 A: Weapons in World Politics Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament Winter 2007 Tuesday 9:00-11:30 H 1225-12 Professor Michael Lipson Office: H 1225-59 Office Hours: Tuesday1:00-3:00, or by appointment Ph. (514) 848-2424, ext. 2129 E-mail: michael.lipson -at- concordia.ca Course Description This course is an advanced seminar in nonproliferation, arms control, and disarmament. The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is one of the most urgent issues in contemporary international security. However, weapons have affected world politics throughout history. This course surveys the technologies, politics, history, and issues of arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament through the lenses of theories of International Relations. The emphasis is on current issues and challenges in nonproliferation. Course Requirements and Grading This is a seminar class, and the quality of the class will depend on student preparation and participation. Accordingly, the course grade will be determined in large part by the quality of class participation. There will be student-led presentations and discussions, brief reaction papers, and a significant term paper. Reaction papers should be approximately a page in length and state questions or comments regarding assigned readings. In addition, each of you, working in groups of two, will be responsible for developing discussion questions based on the readings for one specific class session and then leading the class in that discussion. The term paper should present original research on an issue of your choice dealing with technology and world politics. Further information will be provided in class. Grades will be calculated as follows: Term Paper: 35% Final Exam: 30% Reaction Papers: 10% Class Participation: 15% Class Presentations: 10% I may make adjustments to these weightings in individual cases where a student has demonstrated improvement across the semester. Failure to make a good faith effort to complete any course requirement will result in a grade reduced from the weighted result. Readings Readings for the course are compiled in the Eastman Poli 486C course pack available at the bookstore. (Three articles omitted from the course pack to reduce the cost will be made available to students.) In addition, students are required to follow news related to nonproliferation, arms control, and disarmament by reading Global Security Newswire (http://www.nti.org/d_newswire/d_index.asp) and/or The Carnegie Endowment's Proliferation News ( ProliferationNews.org ) on a regular basis. These sources are also available as free e-mail newsletters. The blog ArmsControlWonk.com is also recommended. Other online resources related to nonproliferation can be found at: http://alcor.concordia.ca/~mlipson/XClinks.html Plagiarism Department of Political Science Statement on Plagiarism The Department has zero tolerance for plagiarism. 1.
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