The Politics of Intelligence

Module code: PL3119

The act of gathering intelligence is one of the most important for any political administration, particularly at states of war or tension. The consequences for failures can be catastrophic, such as terrorist attacks, leaking of military secrets and even wars fought on false pretences. The Iraq War, based upon assertions of weapons of mass destruction that were proven to be false, is just one example of how false knowledge can have a seismic effect on the geopolitical stage and is proof of the importance of intelligence.

This module will introduce you to the politics behind intelligence. You'll look at its nature, role, the ethical dilemmas generated by its practice and its oversight. You'll also discuss intelligence failure and the consequences of when things go wrong.

Learning

  • 30 hours of seminars
  • 120 hours of guided study

Assessment

  • Essay, 2,500 words (50%)
  • Briefing paper, 2,500 words (50%)