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Spring 2012-2013
* WWS 353 / MAE 353 (STN)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Science and Global Security: From Nuclear Weapons to Cyberwarfare

Alexander Glaser

This course will provide students with a basic technical understanding of some of the critical technologies that are relevant to national and global security and will equip students with the skills to better assess the challenge of developing effective policies to manage such technologies. Case studies will inter alia include nuclear weapons and their proliferation, nuclear and radiological terrorism, space weapons, biosecurity and cyberware.

Sample reading list:
Sydney Drell, Physics and US National Security
David Hafemeister, Physics of Societal Issues
Kurt M. Campbell, Nuclear Tipping Point
National Research Council, Deterring Cyberattacks
Bostrom, Global Catastrophic Risks

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings; 7-8 problem sets (including essay questions) midterm paper/project due two weeks after midterm break (3000-4000 words), final exam

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Final Exam - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Problem set(s) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
No prerequisites; MAT 103 highly recommended.

Other information:
The content of this course is more than 50% science.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40013 L01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Frist Campus Center   330   Enrolled:22 Limit:60
P01 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm T   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:8 Limit:15
P02 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm T   Robertson Hall   005   Enrolled:9 Limit:15
P03 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th   Robertson Hall   015   Enrolled:5 Limit:15