With the course, students must acquire an in-depth knowledge of the processes of disarmament of conventional armaments and of mass destruction from the Congress of Vienna to the present day; this presupposes the arrangement of this dynamic within the framework of the politics of the great powers, of the most important alliances on a continental and world level and of the International Organizations. At the end of the course the student must know this evolution on single weapons and weapon systems with the ability to analyze and interpret them. It must also be able to make comparisons between the development of armaments, technical-scientific progress, the perception of security in the various political phases and the power relations between the major and minor powers. The knowledge of these problems, with adequate in-depth analysis, must allow the student to formulate personal judgments, make comparisons on the different strategies and evaluate the prospects for a peaceful coexistence among peoples. These specific knowledge, these skills of analysis and comparison must also be able to express themselves with adequate communication and discussion skills that highlight an appreciable completion of the teachings carried out. The approach adopted must allow students, as already happens, to take an active part in similar courses held in Italy and abroad, even with more legal and political addresses.