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Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Weapons
This course from King's College London has an extensive list of literature on CBN, disarmament and arms control from World War II to the present. It also contains a list of literature on the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions, along with all other topics related to CBN. This should be the first port-of-call for any syllabus or initial research on CBN after 1945.

Nuclear Weapons and International Law
This highly detailed syllabus from Fordham University School of Law considers the lawfulness of the threat or use of nuclear weapons under international law, including ICJ decisions. It also covers contemporary proliferation issues in Iran and North Korea. Mostly importantly, for the history of the UN, it deals with the IAEA.

Arms and Arms Control
This University of Pennsylvania course introduces students to causes and consequences of arms racing, theory and practice of arms control, nuclear, chemical and biological weapons proliferation, and arms control issues in Europe, Korea, South Asia and the Middle East from 1945 to the present.

Technology and Change in International Politics
This Georgetown University syllabus contains a section on the influence of the CBN on international politics and global security.

Atomic Energy and Education
A primary source in and of itself, this 1958 UNESCO document considers how to teach British children about atomic energy.

The Nuclear World
This syllabus from the College of William and Mary explores the emergence of nuclear technology and its widespread impact on global politics, business, and culture roughly from the Second World War to the present day.

Collection of syllabi on the Nuclear Age
This website at American University lists over 30 courses on various aspects of the atomic bomb, arms control, WMD and the nuclear age. They mostly focus on the American perspective.

The Atomic Bomb and the Nuclear Age
This syllabus from Cornell University examines the nuclear age from multiple perspectives, particularly the U.S., Soviet Union and Japan. It also includes films every week.

The Atomic Bomb from 1945 to the 1960s
This course from University of California, Santa Barbara examines the nuclear era from the 1890s to the signature of the first arms treaties between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. in the 1960s. It focuses on the role of scientists and American popular perceptions of atomic and hydrogen bombs.

The Cold War
This syllabus from American University examines the Cold War with much literature on disarmament and the arms race in general. There are of course many other syllabi on the web on the Cold War, but this one presents a significant amount of relevant literature on disarmament.