The Office of the Registrar's Course Offerings website lists information on all current courses.
Weapons of Mass Destruction and International Security – WWS 548
This course examines the roles of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons in international security historically, at present, and in possible futures. The technical basis for these weapons will be presented at a level suitable for the non-scientist, and the challenges of state and non-state acquisition or development will be assessed. Topics to be examined include deterrence, defense, preemption, arms control, nonproliferation, and plausible terrorist capabilities.
Science and Global Security: From Nuclear Weapons to Cyberwarfare – MAE/WWS 353
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.
The Politics of Pakistan – SAS 321
This course will examine the politics that led to independence for Pakistan, the challenges of ethnicity and identity politics, the pattern and consequences of state-building and economic development, the role of Islam and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, domestic politics, democracy and social change, the impacts of the cold war and the hot wars with India and the role of nuclear weapons, and the changing relationships with the United States and China.