Module Identifier IPM0330  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Peter D Jackson  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   Seminar. 1 x two hour seminar per week over one semester  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Word project: 1 x 2,500 words  20%
Semester Assessment Essays: 2 x 3,000 words (40% each)  80%
Supplementary Exam Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics. 

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

This module examines the nature of intelligence and the role of intelligence and intelligence organisations in world politics from 1900 to 1945.


The first half of the twentieth century witnessed the evolution of permanent intelligence organisations within the government machinery of most important states. The experience of the two world wars played a central role in this process as intelligence communities became increasingly professionalised. By the end of the Second World War all of the powers had developed extensive bureaucracies responsible for the collection, analysis and distribution of information from both 'open' and 'secret' sources. Intelligence has played a key role in shaping the perceptions of policy-makers in times of peace and war. The aim of the course is to consider the role of intelligence in policy-making by focusing on key events and issues in the international history of this period in which intelligence and counter-intelligence organisations played a vital role.


The module consists of one introductory seminar (on the nature of intelligence) followed by seminars on the following topics:

Transferable skills

Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of transferable skills that help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas. Throughout the module, students should practice and develop their reading, comprehension and thinking skills, as well as self-management. In seminars students enhance and develop their analytical skills and practice listening, explaining and debating skills. Students develop critical awareness of the processes and practices of deceptive activity and the capacity to conduct and detect such behaviour. Essay and project writing encourages students to practice independent research, writing and IT skills.

Reading Lists

Richard Aldrich (2001) The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence John Murray
Michael Herman (1996) Intelligence Power in Peace and War CUP
Christopher Andrew (1996) For the President's Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush HarperCollins


This module is at CQFW Level 7