Gain a thorough understanding of the history of intelligence via political, economic, social, technological and military perspectives. Research and evaluate the advance of technology and how it has affected intelligence collection and analysis.
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27 Jul 2020
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development of intelligence practices and organisations.
. Synthesize complex information relating to significant episodes of intelligence history, and weigh the merits of competing interpretations of those episodes.
. Assess the significance of particular concepts and debates within the academic field of Intelligence Studies, and evaluate their applicability to contemporary intelligence practice.
Develop compelling and original arguments regarding intelligence practice, and clearly communicate those arguments in audience-appropriate formats (e.g., intelligence estimates, policy briefs, analytical essays).
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as PICX813The History of Intelligence
This subject considers how and why the practices of intelligence professionals and the organisations in which those professionals work have changed over time. It covers both ancient and modern intelligence, but focuses mostly on the post-World War II era. In surveying this history of intelligence as part of the broader development of national security policies and institutions, the subject provides context for some of the debates and discussions around intelligence today. In closely examining selected case studies of intelligence success and failure, students will develop their own skills in historical and analytical thinking, skills that are integral elements of intelligence tradecraft