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Spring 2019
Apr 09, 2020
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Intelligence & National Securi - 36565 - IPOL 394 - 70
Prerequisites of GOVT040 and GOVT060. Open to juniors and seniors only. This course will examine intelligence as both a function and an instrument of national power and national security. In doing so it will assess the relationship between intelligence and national security in both the modern and contemporary eras. It begins with an overview and an introduction to key concepts in the theory and practice of intelligence including classes on the Intelligence Cycle and the different forms of Collection as well as the relationship between intelligence agencies and the political sphere. It then continues with a series of lectures, discussions and student presentations that investigate the relationship between intelligence and national security by way of case studies and engagement with the main issues and themes in the literature. In particular, it will look to examine the role and influence of intelligence activity in national security planning and strategies and will examine and analyze historic and contemporary case studies that illuminate the causes of intelligence successes and failures. It will also include critiques of the uses of intelligence from an ethical and moral perspective and will look to weigh up the practical role of intelligence agencies and their methods in terms of whether they contribute effectively to national security – the actual protection of nations from internal and external threats.This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the key issues involved in the study of intelligence and national security and to provide them with the tools to address the theoretical approaches and historical methodologies used in scholarly research and writing on intelligence and national security. The course is also designed to develop the student’s analytical, research and writing capabilities and to give students the opportunities to develop further their oral presentation skills by participation in class, engaging with the work of their peers and making presentations themselves. At the end of the course the student should be able to demonstrate an understanding of: • The theoretical and empirical literature addressing the relationship between intelligence and national security. • The methodological questions associated with the study of intelligence. • The role of intelligence in national security planning. • The role and function of different types of intelligence collection, analysis and operations in times of war and peace in the modern and contemporary eras. • The interaction between intelligence producers and consumers in the wider policymaking context.
Associated Term: Spring 2019
Registration Dates: Dec 07, 2018 to Jan 14, 2019
Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Attributes: SFS-Q/American Studies, SFS-Q Media and Politics Comp, SFS-Q/IPOL Major

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3.000 Credits
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Scheduled Meeting Times
Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
Lecture 10:00 am - 11:15 am TU Georgetown Building-Qatar 1A07 Jan 08, 2019 - May 02, 2019 Lecture Rory David Miller E-mail

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