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POL 557. Spies and Espionage

Credits: 3
Department: Political Science
Description: Structure and function of the intelligence apparatus in the United States with focus on the way the intelligence process contributes to foreign policy and national security decision making.
Semester Offered: Even Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify what information constitutes intelligence and the process that transforms plain information into intelligence.
2. Examine the history and development of intelligence gathering in the U.S.
3. Identify the different phases of the intelligence cycle.
4. Examine and critique the various ways of analyzing the structure of the intelligence community in the U.S. (organizational view, functional view, budgetary view).
5. Identify the various stake holders in the intelligence process (the President, different Cabinet Departments, National Security Council, Congress) and evaluate how intelligence fits in the bigger picture of national security and foreign policy.
6. Assess the different intelligence disciplines involved in intelligence gathering.
7. Analyze how oversight is exercised over the various intelligence organizations.
8. Examine how certain practices in the intelligence process can sometimes raise ethical dilemmas.
9. Identify and critique the major changes brought about by intelligence reform post 9/11.

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