During the Spring 2017 semester the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium offered an online class, “Nuclear Security: The Nexus Between Policy & Technology” for participants from our partner institutions. Classes were broadcast live from UC Berkeley on Mondays from 5-8pm PST.

If you were unable to attend live, recorded lectures are uploaded below, along with a list of topics covered, and the sections from the readings that correspond with each lecture.

The Nuclear Security Course has ended for Spring 2017. Conclusions from the student’s research project on “Policy Recommendations Regarding Japanese and South Korean Nuclear Weapons Programs” were presented during the final class, and can be reviewed at the link on the bottom of the page.

Nuclear Security: The Nexus Between Policy & Technology will be held again in Spring 2018.




Required Readings for Course:

Fred Kaplan, The Wizards of Armageddon (FK)

Paul Bracken, The Second Nuclear Age (PB)

Jacques Hymans, Achieving Nuclear Ambitions (JH)

Graham Allison, Nuclear Terrorism (GA)

Robert Serber, The Los Alamos Primer

R, Scott Kemp, The Nonproliferation Emporor Has no Clothes: The Gas Centrifuge, Supply-Side Controls, and the Future of Nonproliferation







Class 1: Introduction to the course. Origins of Nuclear Energy. Concept of Energy. 

Class 2: Atoms and Nuclei. How we got the bomb; Elements of Nuclear Energy and Technology. 

Class 3: Radiation and Radioactivity.  Elements of Nuclear Energy and Technology, Nuclear Weapons and the Cold War.

Class 4: Fission, Nuclear Weapons and the Cold War

Class 5: Nuclear Reactions, Elements of Nuclear Energy and Technology, Nuclear Weapons & Cold War

Class 6: Reactors, The Nuclear Proliferation Challenge and the spread of Nuclear Technology

Class 7: Exam Review

Class 8: Guest Lectures from Sheryl Hingorani & Jen Braley

Class 9: Guest Lecture from Brad Roberts, & Nuclear Weapons Part I

Class 10: Guest Lecture from Dr. George Moore (MIIS) & The Situation in North Korea

Class 11: Guest Lecture from Henry Sokolski, Crisis Simulation, and Nuclear Weapons 

Class 12: Student Presentation