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PO382 - Vigilant State: Understanding Secret Intelligence

  • Module code: PO382
  • Module name: Vigilant State: Understanding Secret Intelligence
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to investigate the nature of the 'vigilant state'. It focuses upon the apparatus developed by modern states to permit the surveillance of both international and domestic threats to their security. The module aims to: Develop an understanding of the origins and developments of intelligence services; Explore the main theoretical approaches to intelligence and surveillance; Offer an understanding of the issues surrounding intelligence failure; Analyse key ethical and policy dilemmas and issues raised by CT intelligence; Assess the contemporary debates about globalization and the future of intelligence.

Principal learning outcomes

Objectives- On completion of this module, you should be able to: demonstrate an appreciation of the historical context of intelligence; Critically discuss the characteristics of the accountability frameworks; assess the strengths and weaknesses of the key theoretical debates governing the intelligence cycle; Critically analyse, both orally and in writing, the current issues facing national and regional approaches to intelligence .

Timetabled teaching activities

There will be a weekly lecture and a weekly seminar running through the academic year.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/studyundergrad/ugmodules/po382

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: PO382-30)
A (Assessed work only) First 3000 word essay 50%
  Second 3000 word essay 50%
B (Examination only) 3hr examination 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) 3000 word essay 50%
  1.5hr examination 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting/exchange students 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies (LM1D) - Year 3
Optional
  • Undergraduate Economics 4 Year Variants (L103) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies (LM1D) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Economics 4 Year Variants (LM1H) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics (M100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics (with Intercalated Year) (M101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics with International Studies (M160) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics with International Studies (with Intercalated Year) (M161) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (M162) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French (M163) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and German (M164) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies (M166) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (with Intercalated Year) (M167) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (M16A) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (with Intercalated Year) (M16B) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and German (without Year Abroad) (M16D) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics with French (M1RC) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (ML13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (with Intercalated year) (ML14) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MF) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MG) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MH) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MI) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MJ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (VM11) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (with Year Abroad) (VM12) - Year 4