Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese scholar suggested that knowledge of one's enemy is essential to the success of state leaders and generals. This course is an historical overview of espionage, intelligence gathering, and the development of modern spy agencies, students will examine intelligence, deception, and spycraft in some of the great wars and conflicts in history, from ancient times to the Cold War, culminating with the role of the intelligence community and government surveillance in the post- 9/11 world. Through reading assignments, independent research, and interactive discussion, and writing assignments, students will study the history of how intelligence has helped shaped modern politics and international relations.
Online credit-bearing courses are offered on a rolling enrollment basis - apply by the 1st of any month, start on the 15th.
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