POLIS 2100 - Intelligence and Security after the Cold War

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

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 Relations
    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
    Assessment Exercises 20%, multiple-choice test 10%, participation 10%, 1,500 word Short Paper 20%, 2,500 word Major Essay 40%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Tim Legrand

    The course coordinator to be determined.
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    At the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts, theories and debates in International Security.

    2. Critically engage with contemporary issues in Intelligence & International Security.

    3. Show familiarity with and apply the range of methodologies in Intelligence & International Security.

    4. Participate in group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view.

    5. Navigate the large amounts of research material available in this subject through both traditional academic sources and through the use of information technology.

    6. Demonstrate career readiness and leadership skills appropriate for beginning professional practice, including lifelong learning skills characterised by academic rigour, self-direction and intellectual independence
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5, 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    To be provided in the Course Outline
    Recommended Resources
    To be provided in the Course Outline
    Online Learning
    The POLIS2100 MyUni site contains announcements, copies of many course materials such as lecture notes, lecture recordings, assigned and recommended readings, a discussion forum, and links to useful websites. You should check this site regularly.
  • 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.

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

    Lectures: 24 hours

    Tutorials 12 hours

    Tutorial preparation 14 hours

    General reading: 28 hours

    Research and writing assessments: 80 hours

    Total: 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Introduction 
    Week 2 The evolution of International Security and Intelligence
    Week 3 International Organizations and transnational security collaboration
    Week 4 Just wars and R2P
    Week 5 Women, Peace and Security
    Week 6 Human security
    Week 7 Terrorism and political violence 
    Week 8 Cyber-security and intelligence
    Week 9 Securing the homeland
    Week 10 Futures and technologies of security and intelligence
    Week 11 Constructivist security: Understanding material and imagined threats
    Week 12 Conclusion: The future of security and intelligence
    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    All tutorial activities are structured around small group learning that encourages and supports teamwork and a lively exchange of ideas.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    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

    Research essay (2,500 words):   40%

    Mid-term online test: 10%

    Final online test: 15%

    Group project: 25%

    Participation: 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
    Participation: students will engage in interaction in class activities and the cooperative sharing of ideas and information - 10% weighting
    Group project: students will engage in group work in order to produce an academic project on an assigned topic - 25% weighting
    Online tests: students will be required to complete two online tests - 25% weighting.
    Research essay: students will submit a 2,500-word essay on a topic of their choice - 40% weighting
    For details regarding submission guidelines, please refer to the Course Guide.
    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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