|Lesson plan on Trident
This is a suggested lesson plan for those teachers wishing to relate the discussion of nuclear weapons to a topic specific to the UK, in particular to Scotland.
Cross curricular links
Modern Studies, RME
Arguments for and Against Trident
Below are some of the arguments for and against Trident. The leaflets 'Seven Deadly Myths' and 'Britain's Weapon of Mass Destruction' give useful information.
Every country is entitled to defend itself
Britain is vulnerable to attack from other countries possessing nuclear weapons, including 'rogue' states which may be developing nuclear weapons in secret.
The presence of nuclear submarines in Britain's coastal waters, and at troublespots abroad, is an effective deterrent to such states.
The establishment of the nuclear submarine base at Faslane has created local jobs and boosted the economy of the area. If it were withdrawn, this growth would be reversed
The presence of nuclear weapons in Britain actually makes us more vulnerable to terrorist attack. The chances of attack from other states seem much less likely than terrorist attacks.
If Trident is replaced with more advanced nuclear weapons this will effectively mean a proliferation of nuclear weapons and may encourage other countries to develop nuclear weapons of their own
Trident is hugely expensive, costing up to £1.5 billion pounds every year. If the intention is never to use it, this is a waste of money. If it were ever to be used, the cost in loss of life and environmental damage would be incalculable.
Even if Trident's weapons are never used, they remain a potential safety hazard while in service and even more of a hazard when they come to be disposed of.
Activity Worksheet - The Rights and Wrongs of Trident
In groups consider the following statements:
Do you agree?
Make a list of all the reasons for Trident and for replacing it with a more advanced nuclear weapons system.
Do you agree?
Make a list of all the reasons against Trident and against replacing it with a more advanced nuclear weapons system
- discuss the economic and military implications as well as the moral issues.
created 5 May 2005
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