Spies, Secrets and Lies: Can a Democracy Snoop and Keep Its Soul?
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|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|July 28, 2014 - August 08, 2014||2||M-F 9A-11:50A||Open||Timothy Edgar||10691|
The United States is the both the world's oldest democracy and runs the biggest and most powerful spying operations in history. The NSA gathers massive amounts of phone data and eavesdrops on foreign leaders; the CIA plants moles, captures, interrogates and kills Al Qaeda targets; agencies you haven't heard of snoop all over the world. What are the rules of spying in a democracy? How can the secret state be tamed?
This course will begin with the origins of American spying, the creation of the intelligence community during the Cold War and the reforms of the 1970's. We then turn to the post-September 11 era, focusing on surveillance, interrogation, and covert operations. You will play a role as spy, human rights activist, or political leader in hands-on simulations. On a lighter note, we will look at spies in the movies and popular culture.
Students will have an in depth knowledge of the history and current controversies involving the American intelligence community; should be able to think analytically about controversial topics from both sides of the issue; and should improve their persuasive writing and oral communications skills.
A basic high school course in American history and/or contemporary issues would be helpful preparation.