Intelligence and Counter Intelligence
Learn to identify the key agencies in Australia’s national security community. Articulate the relationship between public and private sector law enforcement and intelligence organisations in protecting the state from domestic and foreign threats.
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Identify key agencies and functions in Australia’s national security community
- Analyse and explain the various public sector law enforcement and intelligence roles which contribute to both domestic and international security
- Critically assess the integration of surveillance, intelligence and law enforcement in protecting the state from threats and vulnerabilities and demonstrate knowledge of intelligence analytical, collection and production processes
- Identify and debate challenges to relationship building between sectors relevant to national security at all levels of operations
- Assess both domestic and international security issues impacting Australia in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and consider their impact on Australia's intelligence agencies, from a governmental, private sector and societal perspective
- Make judgements on the strategic and operational needs of intelligence and law enforcement agencies in relation to legal, ethical and policy constraints
- Week 1. Introduction: Course Administration
- Week 2. What is Intelligence & Why it matters
- Week 3. History of Intelligence: Part 1
- Week 4. History of Intelligence: Part 2
- Week 5: The Australian Intelligence Community
- Week 6. The Intelligence Cycle, Analytical Processes
- Week 7. Security Threats: Australia & the Indo-Asia-Pacific Arena
- Week 8. Case Study: The Role of Intelligence in Domestic Security -- The Boston Marathon Bombing
- Week 9. Domestic Security: Policing, Detention & Regulatory Intelligence
- Week 10. Foreign Security: Military, Counter-Insurgency (COIN) & Counter-Terrorism (CT), Force Protection (FP) & Physical Security Intelligence
- Week 11. Analytical Pitfalls & Structured Analytical Techniques
- Week 12. Maritime Security: Understanding the Maritime Domain
- Week 13. Counterintelligence, Ethics, Oversight and the Intelligence Community
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Pre-requisite 50cp at 1000 level or above NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT210, PICX210
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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 PICX210 Intelligence and Counter Intelligence.
This subject provides an introduction to the fields of intelligence and counterintelligence. It focuses on the strategic, tactical and operational levels of national security, as well as the role of law enforcement and intelligence organisations in protecting the state from domestic and foreign threats. Students will gain a deep understanding of the history of intelligence, the key intelligence agencies in Australia, the intelligence cycle and its application, and the interplay between policing and intelligence. Students will engage with key case studies from around the world to further understand these issues and dynamics.
- Intelligence Estimate and Issue Paper (30%)
- Constructive engagement (5%)
- Final online examination (20%)
- Mid term online examination (20%)
- Analytical brief (25%)
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