Secrets & Spies: Modern Espionage & Intelligence

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Secrets & Spies: Modern Espionage & Intelligence

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Intelligence Studies, International Affairs, International Politics, International Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview

    Module description
    From James Bond to Jason Bourne, the spy has been a consistent feature of popular culture for decades. And in this module you'll study the roles of spies and intelligence in culture and politics over the past century.
    Get behind the scenes of major historic and contemporary events to explore intelligence in democracies and dictatorships, the impact of technology, the relationship between spies, politicians and the media, and debate what is right or wrong in the spying game.
    You'll examine recent events to determine if they have been considered intelligence failures, whilst delving into the relationship between spies and the government when incidents likes these occur.
    Teaching pattern
    Seminars and Tutorials
    London walks and visits to key institutions
    Private Study
    Module assessment
    One essay of 3000 words (85%)
    One presentation of 1000 words (15%)

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