4 August 2017
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Secrets & Spies: Modern Espionage & Intelligence
The module will study the role of spies and intelligence in culture and politics over the past century. Using a range of literary and historical texts – as well as some documents from the national archives considered ‘top secret’ at the time of their writing – you will examine how spying influenced many of the key political events, both at home and abroad, of the 20th and early 21st Centuries – from the Second World War, to the Cold War and the threat of nuclear destruction, to the current focus on terrorism. You will examine the difference between intelligence in democracies and dictatorships, the impact of technology on spying, the relationship between spies, politicians and the media, and ask fundamental questions about what is right or wrong in the spying game.
This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday.
• gained a deeper understanding of the operations and methodologies of intelligence agencies in collecting, analysing, disseminating, and acting upon information.
• built your awareness of the relationship between the ‘secret world’, the ‘open’ and popular culture more broadly.
• broadened your ability to critically assess sources, including primary sources, relating to intelligence studies.
• developed an awareness of the political context in which intelligence agencies and spies operate.
Many of our students get credit for the summer modules taken at King’s. You should approach your home university before applying as it is up to them to apply the credit to your degree programme. We would recommend a three week module would be equivalent to 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.
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