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Module Code: INR306
Module Title: US Intelligence and Foreign Policy
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: International Relations
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module explores the unique place and role of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the making and implementation of US foreign policy ever since the Agency was established in 1947. It identifies the core roles of a modern intelligence agency and examines the key activities of the CIA in executing US foreign policy since the late 1940s. It scrutinises key themes and issues that have dominated the CIA’s history, such as institutional marginalisation, abuses of power, the politicisation of intelligence, exaggerated notions of CIA power and influence, plausible deniability, and the concept of speaking truth to power. The module also engages with key debates within the historiography of US intelligence history and US foreign policy. Finally, it places emphasis on the conduct of primary research in investigating the key events and issues within the CIA’s history since its creation.
Learning outcomes 
A Understand the various roles of a modern intelligence agency

B Display sound and critical understanding of some of the key events and issues that have shaped the CIA during its history

C Appreciate the shifting role and influence of the CIA within US foreign policy

D Use appropriate research skills

E Produce academic writing which is appropriate for the discipline

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures, seminars and private study
Intelligence collection and analysis

Covert action


The origins and founding of peacetime US intelligence

The CIA in the Soviet bloc in the early Cold War

Anglo-American covert action in Albania

The CIA and US foreign policy under Eisenhower and Dulles

The CIA and the cultural Cold War

The CIA and the Vietnam War

US intelligence decline in the Watergate era

US intelligence under Reagan and Casey

Post-Cold War intelligence and foreign policy

The CIA, 9/11 and the War on Terror

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 19.5  19.5        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Book Chapter/Journal Article Review 15.00
2 Document Analysis 35.00
3 Essay 50.00

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