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Spring 2013-2014
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
Richard Clarke, Cyber War
Bostrom, Global Catastrophic Risks

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings and blog posts or comments; 6 problem sets (including essay questions), take-home midterm, 3-hour final exam

Final Exam - 35%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Problem set(s) - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42998 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Robertson Hall   001   Enrolled:56 Limit:45 Closed
44189 P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T   Robertson Hall   035   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
44190 P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Robertson Hall   035   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
44191 P03 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm T   Robertson Hall   014   Enrolled:8 Limit:15
44192 P04 11:00 am - 11:50 am M   Robertson Hall   014   Enrolled:9 Limit:15
44193 P05 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm M   Robertson Hall   011   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
43635 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled