Teaching about Intelligence-Related Areas


Topics included here:

1. Cryptography

2. National and International Security

3. Peace Studies

4. A Syllabus for a National Security Course

1. Cryptography

Glass, Darren. "A First-Year Seminar on Cryptography." Cryptologia 37, no. 4 (2013): 305-310.

From abstract: "This article discusses a first-year seminar taught at Gettysburg College about the mathematics, history, and ethics of cryptography. The author discusses how he structures his course and offers advice to other faculty interested in starting such a course."

Holden, Joshua. "A Comparison of Cryptography Courses." Cryptologia 28, no. 2 (Apr. 2004): 97-111.

The author compares two courses on cryptography, which he taught at Duke University and at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The former was aimed at non-mathematics majors and the latter at mathematics and computer science majors.

Koblitz, Neal. "Secret Codes and Online Security: A Seminar for Entering Students." Cryptologia 34, no. 2 (Apr. 2010): 145-154.

The instructor describes his experiences at the University of Washington "teaching a multidisciplinary short course on cryptography and Internet security for beginning university students."

Kurt, Yesem. "Deciphering an Undergraduate Cryptology Course." Cryptologia 34, no. 2 (Apr. 2010): 155-162.

An instructor at Pomona College discusses topics, activities, and ideas.

Rubin, Aviel D. "An Experience Teaching a Graduate Course in Cryptography." Cryptologia 21, no. 2 (Apr. 1997): 97-109.

The author describes his experience teaching "Cryptography and Computer Security" at New York University in the 1995 Fall Term. The article includes a useful list of courses in cryptography offered at institutions of higher learning in the United States and elsewhere.

Stinson, Douglas R. Cryptography: Theory and Practice. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1995. 3d ed. Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2006.

This is a standard textbook for courses in cryptography. Writing about the third edition, Kruh, Cryptologia 30.2 (Apr. 2006), says that "this authoritative text continues to provide a solid foundation for future breakthroughs."

2. National and International Security

Buzan, Barry, and Lene Hansen. The Evolution of International Security Studies. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Gray, I&NS 26.5 (Oct. 2011), says that "this useful intellectual history of security studies ... emphaize[s] conceptual issues rather than operational ones," and therefore "exclude[s] the intelligence and professional military literature." The authors "deal fairly with each of the perspectives they consider. Their book is deeply researched, well organized, and clearly written."

Clark, J. Ransom. "Report: Post-Cold War International Security Issues." In The North American Nation Project: Year One, 1993-94--Final Reports. Bethany, WV: East Central Colleges, [1995].

The focus here is on developing and running a course on post-Cold War international security issues, with particular attention to Mexico and Central America.

Kolodziej, Edward A. Security and International Relations. Themes in International Relations Series. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Wallace, IN&S 23.2 (Apr. 2008), sees this as "a credible attempt to ... provide an introduction for graduate students to security studies as a subfield of international relations.... This book ... is well-organized but focused at the graduate level and assumes readers are well grounded in both political science and international relations."

Mangold, Peter. National Security and International Relations. London & New York: Routledge, 1990.

Fry, I&NS 7.2, concludes that "there is a contribution of significance here to the debate on both the future of security studies and the shape of any new world order."

May, Ernest R., and Philip D. Zelikow, eds. Dealing with Dictators: Dilemmas of U.S. Diplomacy and Intelligence Analysis, 1945-1990. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.

Barnhill, Air & Space Power Journal (2008), notes that this work "is a collection of case studies developed for the intelligence and policy course offered between 1986 and 2002 at Harvard University to senior government and military intelligence officials.... [T]he authors present six case studies.... Arranged chronologically, the cases include the collapse of China, the United Nations intervention in the Congo, the removal of the Shah of Iran, the US relationship with Nicaragua's Somozas, the fall of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, and the run-up to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.... Assuming a competent instructor, these scenarios will serve as the basis for raising awareness of how much harder it is to handle a crisis in real time than in retrospect."

Nye, Joseph S., Jr., and Sean M. Lynn-Jones. "International Security Studies." International Security 12, no. 4 (Spring 1988): 5-27.

Shultz, Richard, Roy Godson, and

1. Ted Greenwood, eds. Security Studies for the 1990s. Washington, DC: Brassey's (US), 1993.

Individual chapters review a major security studies course, propose needed changes, and present a model syllabus.

"The course entitled 'Introduction to International Security' is a model for those institutions that can offer no more than one course in the field.... [T]he book presents a richly interdisciplinary exposure to the topics, approaches, literature, and teaching techniques across an array of courses from a broad curriculum in international security studies." Robert H. Dorff, "A Commentary on Security Studies for the 1990s as a Model Curriculum Core," International Studies Notes 19, no. 3 (Fall 1994): 23-31:

2. George Quester, eds. Security Studies for the 21st Century. Washington, DC: Brassey's (US), 1997.

The update to Security Studies for the 1990s (1993).

Terriff, Terry, et al. Security Studies Today. New York: Polity, 1999.

Nelson, Choice, Sep. 2000, finds that the authors of this "straightforward, useful book ... deftly identif[y] key arguments and assumptions" in the field of security studies.... On the whole, this is a balanced and worthy introductory text."

Watson, Bruce W., and Peter M. Dunn, eds. Military Intelligence at the Universities: A Study of an Ambivalent Relationship. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1984.

See review by Simon, Science, Technology, & Human Values 10.2 (1985).

3. Peace Studies

Klare, Michael T. Peace and World Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide. 6th ed. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1994.

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