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Fall 2015-2016
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 provides students with the basic understanding of the science and technology relevant to important national and global security issues. The material and the exercises covered during the semester will equip students with the skills to better assess the challenge of developing effective policies to manage related security risks. Case studies include nuclear weapons and their proliferation, ballistic missiles, chemical weapons, biological weapons and biosecurity, security challenges of climate change, big data and cyberwarfare.

Sample reading list:
Sydney Drell, Physics and US National Security
David Hafemeister, Physics of Societal Issues
S. Glasstone, Effects of Nuclear Weapons
Bryan Lee, New Media Solutions in Nonproliferation and Arms Control
Richard Clarke, Cyber War
Bostrom, Global Catastrophic Risks

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings and blog posts or comments; 8 problem sets; midterm exam; 3-hour final exam

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

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
No prerequisites..

Other information:
The content of this course is more than 50% science. WWS course online waitlist form -


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22239 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Robertson Hall   016   Enrolled:56 Limit:75
24259 P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm M   Wallace Hall   366   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
24260 P02 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm M   Wallace Hall   366   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
24261 P03 9:00 am - 9:50 am T   Robertson Hall   010   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
24262 P04 9:00 am - 9:50 am Th   Robertson Hall   010   Enrolled:7 Limit:15
24263 P05 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
23247 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled