The Politics of Modern Global Nuclear Order

Module code: PL7533

Module co-ordinator: Dr Andrew Futter

Module Outline

This module provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the debates, dynamics and main actors in contemporary global nuclear order. It explores the political, technical and strategic aspects of nuclear weapons, nuclear deterrence, nuclear proliferation and nuclear disarmament and the options available to manage our current nuclear environment, as well as both enduring nuclear challenges and challenges presented by new nuclear actors. The module seeks to provide a thematic introduction to the nature and key dynamics of nuclear weapons and global nuclear order, and to provide students with the tools and information necessary to address the nuclear challenges of the future.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching will be delivered through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Blackboard - this allows for a range of innovative and engaging teaching techniques to be used such as online presentations, podcasts, interactive message boards and Wikis, as well as one-to-one contact through conventional channels. 


  • Journal article analysis (20%)
  • Essay (80%)