POLIS 2100 - Intelligence and Security after the Cold War

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

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This course will allow students to explore the rapidly evolving relationship between intelligence and security, concentrating especially on the intelligence gathering and interpretation after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. In order to provide a full background for such study, the subject will introduce students to concepts and theory in intelligence studies, and provide them with an understanding of how these fit into the broader context of the International Relations discipline. Of particular interest here, and particularly in the context of rapid scientific advances and the technologically-conditioned process of globalization, will be a discussion of whether intelligence studies are an art or a science, and how well have intelligence agencies coped with their work being more and more visible in the public domain, and their techniques increasingly open to public scrutiny? Leading on from this line of enquiry is an examination of how these aspects of intelligence studies have been influenced by the imperatives of creating Security States in the post-9/11 world order, and how local communities are managed in such an environment. Such critical perspectives will be informed by attention to specific case studies in our own region and farther abroad.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code POLIS 2100
    Course Intelligence and Security after the Cold War
    Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Incompatible POLI 2011
    Course Description This course will allow students to explore the rapidly evolving relationship between intelligence and security, concentrating especially on the intelligence gathering and interpretation after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. In order to provide a full background for such study, the subject will introduce students to concepts and theory in intelligence studies, and provide them with an understanding of how these fit into the broader context of the International Relations discipline. Of particular interest here, and particularly in the context of rapid scientific advances and the technologically-conditioned process of globalization, will be a discussion of whether intelligence studies are an art or a science, and how well have intelligence agencies coped with their work being more and more visible in the public domain, and their techniques increasingly open to public scrutiny? Leading on from this line of enquiry is an examination of how these aspects of intelligence studies have been influenced by the imperatives of creating Security States in the post-9/11 world order, and how local communities are managed in such an environment. Such critical perspectives will be informed by attention to specific case studies in our own region and farther abroad.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Felix Patrikeeff

    Room 402, Napier Building, 4th Floor
    Telephone: 8313-4607
    Mobile (please send SMS and I will call by return): 0402-902-508
    e-mail: felix.patrikeeff@adelaide.edu.au

    Consultation hours: tba, or by arrangement via sms
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes


    At the end of this course the skills, knowledge and attitude developed will be:

    1. A keener understanding of Intelligence in theory and practice.

    2. The ability to think critically and problem-solve in Intelligence & International Studies.

    3. Encourage low-level research, based on a deepening of knowledge about Intelligence, its goals and methods.

    4. Developing a foundational methodology in Intelligence & International Politics.

    5. Critical thinking and complex problem-solving.

    6. Enhance the sophistication of analytical skills.

    7. Ability to engage critically with accepted wisdoms and bias.

    9. Encourage the building of sophisticated arguments.

    10. Enhance presentational and debating skills.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    To be provided in the Course Outline
    Recommended Resources
    To be provided in the Course Outline
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The Course will be delivered through a combination of lectures (together with integrated discussions within them) and tutorials. In addition, students will be encouraged to explore primary and secondary materials in the Intelligence area.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.



    Lectures: 23 hours

    Tutorials 11 hours

    Tutorial preparation 14 hours

    General reading: 28 hours

    Research and writing assessments: 80 hours

    Total: 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    The Course seeks to provide students with a grounding in the theory and practice of Intelligence and the nature of intelligence-gathering and analysis. To this end, there will be a good deal of work based on hypothesised cases as well as discussion of specific methods and means of Intelligence. Especially important in this regard will be the work carried out at the lectures/discussions.

    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small Group Discovery is by the nature of the Course integrated into its format.
  • Assessment

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    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Long Essay (2,500 words):   40%

    Short Paper (1,500 words):  20%

    Tutorial presentation:           20%

    Participation:                       10%

    Multiple-choice test:             10%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at lectures is strongly recommended. The importance of tutorials means that absences from these will only be accepted with some documentary evidence as to why the student was not attending.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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