Subject details

  • Topics
    • The strategic, tactical and operational levels of national security
    • The role of law enforcement and intelligence organisations in protecting the state from domestic and foreign threats
    • The history of intelligence
    • The key agencies in the Australian intelligence community
    • The intelligence cycle and its application and the interplay between policing and intelligence.
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

Upon fulfilling the requirements of this subject, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. identify key agencies and functions in Australia’s national security community
  2. Analyze and explain the various public sector law enforcement and intelligence roles which contribute to homeland security.
  3. Critically assess the integration of surveillance, intelligence and law enforcement in protecting the state from threats and vulnerabilities.
  4. Identify and debate challenges to relationship building between sectors relevant to national security at the operational and strategic levels.
  5. Assess homeland security issues from government, private sector and societal perspectives
  6. Make judgments on operational needs of intelligence and law enforcement agencies in relation to legal, ethical and policy constraints.
  • Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assessment 3 (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as PICX210 Homeland Security: Intelligence and Law Enforcement.

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. The subject complements PICX211, which focuses on government strategies for ensuring national security.

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