- Class Number 7496
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr John Blaxland
- Dr John Blaxland
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
This course will provide a thorough understanding of the contribution that intelligence can make to national and international security. Its main aim is to provide students with a sound understanding of the way in which intelligence is collected and analysed, and how it contributes to national decision-making. To that end the course will examine the structure and oversight of intelligence agencies in the Australian context, identify and analyse cases of intelligence success and intelligence failure, examine both the historical and contemporary use of intelligence (eg in the Cold War and in dealing with international terrorism) and the relationship between science, psychology and intelligence.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have a sound understanding of the way in which intelligence is collected and analysed, and how it contributes to national decision making. To this end, the course aims to provide students with a good understanding of the structure of the Australian intelligence agencies and the legislation and oversight that underpins their operations; human psychology and how that influences the collection and interpretation of information; historical instances of intelligence successes and failures; intelligence in a military context; intelligence and terrorism.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||26 July||Introduction: what is intelligence and why is it collected?|
|2||2 August||Australia’s intelligence agencies: structure, legal basis and oversight mechanisms|
|3||9 August||Psychology and the science of intelligence analysis|
|4||16 August||Intelligence failures|
|5||23 August||Inspector General Intelligence and Security (TBC) Counterintelligence: defeating attempts at intelligence collection|
|6||30 August||Intelligence successes: case studies of successful intelligence operations|
|7||20 September||Intelligence and conflict: the Cold War and intelligence during hostilities|
|8||27 September||Intelligence and Counterterrorism|
|9||4 October||Scientific Intelligence and WMD programs The ethics of intelligence collection|
|10||11 October||Cyber espionage and operations The future of secret intelligence|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Short Assignment||15 %||15/08/2021||15/09/2021||1|
|Exam - date TBA||40 %||*||15/11/2021||1|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Students are strongly encouraged to attend the lecture sessions, and to participate in class discussions. Guest lectures will not be recorded and will be conducted as strictly off the record discussions.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
11:59pm Sunday 15 August via Turnitin
The assignment will be an intelligence assessment brief suitable for high-level decision maker. The exercise is based on open source material. This assignment requires an executive summary but not a bibliography. 1,000 words maximum.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1
11:59pm Monday 27 September via Turnitin
Write an essay of length 3000 words, inclusive of a 200 word executive summary, on one of the following three topics.
1. Evaluate this proposition: the biggest players today in information access and analysis are corporations such as Google, so state-based intelligence collection and analysis of data is of diminishing value to government.
2. How can the intelligence agencies of liberal democracies compete with those of less open states given the differences in state control of information and access to it?
3. How should intelligence agencies respond when their judgement or integrity is publicly criticised by their government? (See for example: Trump calls intelligence officials ‘naive’ after they contradict him, New York Times, Jan 30 2019.)
The executive summary of 200 words should communicate the key points of the essay in clear language suitable for a non-academic and policy focused audience.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1
Exam - date TBA
To be held in end of semester examination period. Date and time to be negotiated in class.
Three-hour at home exam, to be submitted through Turnitin.
The format of the exam will be:
Section A - 12 short answer questions worth (four marks each = 48 marks total)
Section B - answer one longer answer question of two provided (12 marks)
Section C - an intelligence assessment similar to the first short assignment (40 marks)
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International Security and Intelligence Studies
Dr John Blaxland