This module is a resource for lecturers

Possible class structure

This section contains recommendations for a teaching sequence and timing intended to achieve learning outcomes through a three-hour class. The lecturer may wish to disregard or shorten some of the segments below in order to give more time to other elements, including introduction, icebreakers, conclusion or short breaks. The structure could also be adapted for shorter or longer classes, given that the class durations vary across countries.


Ask your students to consider the links between the legitimate trade in firearms/SALW and the illicit trafficking and have them identify key points in the process of manufacturing, storage, export and import where diversion may occur.

First session

Lecture: Give a brief outline of the key stages in the development of the international trade in small arms.

Students to complete Exercise 1

Second session

Lecture: Discuss the need for a legal arms trade, and the impact it has on States and regions.

Students to complete Exercise 2

Third session

Lecture: Discuss the key players in manufacture, export and import of firearms, and the importance of effective regulation of this trade.

Students to complete Exercises 3 & 4

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