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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Intelligence and National Security
Module Code LG2440
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Fabrizio Leonardo Cuccu
Semester 2: Fabrizio Leonardo Cuccu
Autumn: Fabrizio Leonardo Cuccu
Module TeachersKenneth McDonagh
Erika Biagini
Fabrizio Leonardo Cuccu
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces students to intelligence studies by encouraging an appreciation of the many important roles that intelligence plays for states’ national security. The module begins by introducing the conceptual foundations of intelligence and situating intelligence activity as a core function of states’ security. It provides an overview of the intelligence process while assessing intelligence’s influence on states’ bilateral and multilateral cooperation and policy-making. The traditional intelligence activities of counterintelligence and covert action are addressed along the traditional challenges of intelligence failure and surprise. Targeted assassinations, rendition and surveillance provide and introduction to intelligence oversight and the normative debates pertaining to the role of intelligence in liberal democracies. The module concludes with a discussion of new intelligence challenges such as cyber-warfare and cyber-espionage.

Learning Outcomes

1. 1. An appreciation of intelligence studies as a dimension of international relations
2. 2. Knowledge of the traditional dimensions of intelligence activity
3. 3. An understanding of the role that intelligence plays in states’ national security and its influence on foreign policy-making
4. 4. Ability to critically engage with scholarly literature on intelligence, security and policy-making
5. 5. An appreciation of contemporary intelligence challenges and its role in warfare
6. 6. Awareness of the normative questions that intelligence activities raise for liberal democracies and governance

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Lecture, Seminars, Tutorials
Independent Study228Independent Study and Assessment
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activityn/a20%n/a
Digital Projectn/a30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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