Intelligence and security policy issues are now one of the fastest growing areas of academic and public concern, especially since '9/11' and the war in Iraq. Today more than ever before national governments, international agencies and most major international corporations have an increasing need for staff with a strong grasp of intelligence and security issues who can also demonstrate first-rate skills of research and assessment.
Taught by the internationally respected scholars of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, backed up where required by practitioner expertise, this MA offers a unique opportunity for practical, policy-oriented graduate study of intelligence issues. It will be of value to individuals seeking to go into security-oriented careers in both the private sectors, as well as to individuals engaged in the security professions who seek further qualifications and professional enhancement.
Course Modules 課程內容
Intelligence Concepts: Theory and Policy
Deals with the essential concepts and issues of what intelligence is and its role in government and decision-making. It introduces the basic concepts of intelligence studies, the various sources of intelligence available to national governments, and examines the analysis of those sources, sources of intelligence success and failure and intelligence needs in the contemporary environment.
Intelligence and International Security since 1939
Provides students with a historical overview of the role of intelligence in the international arena since the Second World War. The development of contemporary methods and institutions is traced from formative events during the Second World War, the Cold War, and the post-Cold War security environment.
Rise of the National Security State
Invites students to make a critical analysis of the power politics behind national security agencies and the intelligence community. Particular attention is paid to how the present system arose out of the security concerns at the very beginning of the Cold War.
Intelligence Agency and Community Management
Introduces students to the application of issues and concepts from management and public administration to intelligence and security agencies. The course commences with management issues in individual agencies, then looks at the control of national intelligence communities, and then finishes with an examination of political control and accountability issues.
Intelligence Failure and Success Case Studies
This course is intended to introduce students to case study methods, and take them through a series of case studies of key intelligence successes and failures. Students undertake their own intensive case studies, and also learn to perform 'devil's advocate' or 'red team' assessments of those case studies.
Analytical Simulation Exercise
ASE is the jewel in the MA/ISS crown. It provides students with an opportunity to undertake a simulated intelligence analysis on a real-world subject. ASE is designed to emulate the interdepartmental assessment methods of the British Cabinet Office Joint Intelligence Committee, and gives students a chance to apply hands-on analytical principles and methods they have learned abstractly in the MA/ISS taught courses.
The final leg of the programme will be a supervised research dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 words.