Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Intelligence and International Security
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 16 Hours. (2 x 1 hour per week)
Seminars / Tutorials 10 Hours ( 5 x 2 hour seminar fortnightly)
Other Film screening and discussion


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 3,000 word essay  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 hour exam)  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 3,000 word essay in lieu of exam, if exam element failed    50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 3,000 word essay, if essay element failed  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

- Analyse the role of intelligence in key aspects of national security policy-making;
- Evaluate the efficacy and morality of ‘covert action’ in international politics;;
- Evaluate the role of intelligence in the Cold War;
- Demonstrate an understanding of counter-terrorism, and the role of intelligence in it;
- Assess the relationship between intelligence producers and consumers;
- Understand the reasons for ‘intelligence failures’ and how lessons can be learnt from previous mistakes;
- Understand the importance of ethics and accountability; and
- Recognize the challenges facing the intelligence services in the contemporary world.

Brief description

This module will give students an understanding of the history of the development of intelligence as a factor in international relations and state security.


The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the central ideas and issues in the study of intelligence. This aim is achieved by studying the historical development of intelligence as a factor in international relations, and analyzing the contemporary issues that affect intelligence services in the contemporary world.


1. Introduction: Intelligence in International Relations
2. The Origins and Structures of Intelligence
3. The Disciplines of Intelligence Collection
4. Analysis and Dissemination
5. Intelligence and Strategic Deception
6. Espionage and Counter-Espionage
7. Covert Action
8. Film viewing & Discussion: Argo

9. Intelligence and Counterinsurgency
10. Producers and Consumers: Politicization, or the Use and Abuse of Intelligence
11. Counterterrorism and Intelligence
12. Intelligence Failures
13. Ethical Issues in Intelligence
14. Intelligence Accountability and Oversight
15. International Intelligence Cooperation
16. Where Next? New Challenges and Issues

1. Introduction: Intelligence & Policy-Making
2. Intelligence in the Age of Two World Wars
3. Covert Action
4. Intelligence Failures
5. Ethics and Intelligence

Transferable skills

The module gives students the opportunity of developing, practising and testing a wide range of subject-specific skills which help them to understand, evaluate and discuss ideas and issues arising in the module. These skills include:
  • reading and understand much varied information, using a variety of sources
  • evaluating competing perspectives on the history of intelligence
  • demonstrating subject-specific research techniques
  • applying a variety of methodologies to complex problems


This module is at CQFW Level 6