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Course Details

Course Code: INTL412 Course ID: 3192 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course studies the history of intelligence and espionage and reviews ancient espionage techniques, profiles famous agents throughout history, and focuses on such intelligence issues as SIGINT and HUMINT. The bulk of the course concentrates on 20th century intelligence, assessing changes in intelligence collection and priorities and analyzing how technological changes have affected intelligence collection.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO 1. Describe the early uses of intelligence and have a familiarity with intelligence terminology.

CO 2. Describe how the major combatants in World War I, World War II, and the Cold War used intelligence.

CO 3. Evaluate the effect that the misuse or misunderstanding of intelligence has on decisions.

CO 4. Describe the role that post-World War II intelligence services have played in the worldwide intelligence arena, and demonstrate an awareness of famous agents in history.

CO 5. Assess the effect of technological changes on intelligence collection.

CO 6. Assess current and future trends in espionage against U.S. interests.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Forum discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday at 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Midterm assignment - 35 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 6-8 pages to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The requirements for the midterm assignment are found in the Assignments area of the classroom.

Final assignment – 40 percent

This assignment will be a reflective evaluation of espionage and counterespionage. The requirements for the final assignment are found in the Assignments area of the classroom. This assignment will be 10-12 pages including research and analysis.

Required Course Textbooks

Wallace Robert and H. Keith Melton. 2009. Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda. Lanham: Plume.

Hayes, John Earl and Harvey Klehr. 2000. Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America. E-Book available in the APUS Online Library.

The following book is recommended:

Turabian, Kate L. 2013. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 8th ed. The University of Chicago Press.

Required Readings

Peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, external websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.