Module Identifier IP33320  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Peter Jackson  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours (10 x 1 hour)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   12 Hours (6 x 2 hour)  
Assessment Essay   1 x 2,000 words   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours   70%  


By the end of the module students should be able to:

10 ECTS Credits


The aim of this course is to examine the role of intelligence in national security policy making from the Napoleonic era to the end of the Second World War in 1945. This is done by tracing the evolution of permanent and professional intelligence organisations in international society and by focusing on key events and issues in the international history of this period.

Brief description

Intelligence has been described as the `missing dimension' in the study of international affairs. Yet the period since 1870 has witnessed the development of permanent and professional intelligence agencies within the government bureaucracies of most states. In recent years, intelligence studies has emerged as a significant field of scholarship, casting new light on key events and issues related to decision making and political culture. Yet, at the same time, the study of intelligence faces considerable methodological challenges.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Michael Herman. Intelligence, Power in Peace and War.