Open programme Minor Intelligence Studies (English)



This academic year 2016-2017 the minor Intelligence Studies is offered for the last time at the University of Amsterdam. Students that start this September 2016 are able to finish the minor this year. For each course an extra resit will be organized.

Content

Since WWII and the Cold War, intelligence agencies play an important role in policymaking and policy decisions, particularly with regards to a state’s internal security. The attacks of September 11 put an even more stringent spotlight on the intelligence and security agencies. The level of public scrutiny of such agencies usually varies and depends highly on political traditions within a state. An organization like the KGB was established against a very different background than it was the case for e.g. the CIA, FBI or the Dutch BVD. Therefore structure, procedures and working methods vary greatly. In this minor programme, attention is being paid to the structure, working methods and the qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques used by intelligence and security agencies that operated particularly during the last half of the 20th century. Furthermore, the programme offers a specific focus on cryptography, which is relevant for agencies that played an important role in international politics at the time of the Cold War, such as the KGB and the CIA. The minor offers classes from guest lecturers, who either worked or still work in the field of intelligence. Their expertise as (former) employees of the Dutch secret services, scientific researchers, business experts or as other intelligence professionals provides students with a lot of practice examples.

Learning objectives

The Ad de Jonge Center offers a study programme within the minor/major system. This minor is called ‘Intelligence Studies’ and has the following learning objectives:

  • to gain insight in the functioning, processes and proceedings of intelligence and security agencies. The courses of the minor aim to offer a thorough look at both the internal processes as well at the external processes taking place at intelligence agencies. The programme takes into account that these processes occur within a political system and within the realm of international relations;
  • to learn the skills and craft of intelligence studies, with emphasis on analytical skill training;
  • to learn how to think interdisciplinary and how to apply qualitative and quantitative skills and methods;
  • to gain knowledge directed at specific elements of the intelligence discipline. The minor programme offers courses such as cryptography, cyber security and the history of the intelligence organizations of the United States and the Soviet Union.

Registration

Register for the minor if you are planning to follow the minor or if you already started the minor and forgot to do this. Use the registration form below and also let us know which courses you are planning to do.

Please note that apart from filling this registration form for the minor you need to register for the different courses as well. UvA students can do this through SIS. 
Contract students and students from other universities can do this through the separate registration forms. 
Right now you can only register for the minor starting in September 2016.

Programme

The minor consists of two obligatory courses:

1. Geheime Praktijken 1 (Dutch version, term 1) / Secret Affairs 1 (English version, term 2)

2. Geheime Praktijken 2 (Dutch version, term 1) / Secret Affairs 2 (English version, term 2)

To complete the minor, students have to take one out of two Analysis courses:

1. Kwalitatieve Analysetechnieken (Dutch version, term 2) / Qualitative Analysis Techniques (English version, term 1)

2. And/or Quantitative Analysis Techniques for Intelligence Services (English, term 2)

Services

In addition, students choose one or two other courses as electives to fulfill the requirement of 30 EC:

Course title

Period

EC

Lecturer

Gentlemen don’t read each other’s mail’: United States intelligence and national security (English)
Course organised at the college of humanities.

semester 1-period 1 and 2

12 EC: lectures

prof.dr. R. Janssens

Cyber (Dutch)

semester 1-period 2

6 EC

dr. M. Marx

De KGB tegen het Westen (Dutch)

semester 2-period 4

6 EC

dr. B.M. de Jong

Cryptografie (Dutch)
Course organised at the College of Science (domain Information Science)

Semester 2 – period 4

6 EC

Dr. H. van der Meer

 

Currently, not all courses of the minor are taught in English. But it is possible to follow a complete minor programme in English. Your programme will look as follows (you will choose either Quantitative Analysis Techniques for Intelligence Services or 'Gentlemen don't read each other's mail': United States intelligence and national security):

Course title

Period

EC

Lecturer

Secret Affairs 1

semester 1-period 1

6

mr. drs. W.J.M. Aerdts en dr. G.G. de Valk

Secret Affairs 2

semester 1-period 2

 6

mr. drs. W.J.M. Aerdts en dr. G.G. de Valk

 Qualitative Analysis Techniques

semester 2-period 4 & 5

12

mr. drs. W.J.M. Aerdts en dr. G.G. de Valk

Quantitative Analysis Techniques for Intelligence Services

 semester 2-period 4

 6

prof. Dr. R. Núñez Queija

‘ Gentlemen don’t read each other’s mail’: United States intelligence and national security (English)
Course organised at the College of Humanities.

semester 1-period 1 and 2

12 EC: lectures

prof.dr. R. Janssens

Minor in one semester

In principle, it is possible to complete the minor in one semester. Unfortunately, this is not possible for English speaking students, because not all the required courses are taught in English in one semester. Please send an email addejongecentrum-science@uva.nl for more information.

Minor certificate

Once you finished all courses that are mandatory for the minor programme, you will obtain a certificate. You can file a request for this by sending an email to the IIS servicedesk: servicedesk-iis-science@uva.nl. For students: sending an email with you name + studentnumber to servicedesk-iis-science@uva.nl. Mention in the email the courses you passed, so we can register the minor with an 'AVV' in SIS. You will receive an official course overview with the minor (incl. course grades). This overview need to be registered at your own administration/secretariat. For non-students: send an email to servicedesk-iis-science@uva.nl. Mention in the email the courses you passed, so we can make a correct certificate for you.

Enrolment minor

You can enroll for the minor programme either at the start of the programme or if you already started. See the form below for the to register.

ATTENTION!: Besides filling out the form to register for the minor programme, you will also have to enroll for the courses separately. UvA-students can do this via SIS and contract students or students from other universities can register with the registration forms for the separate courses.

Costs

See here.

Contact

For more information about the minor Intelligence Studies, please send an email to addejongecentrum-science@uva.nl.


Mode
Short-term
Conditions for admission
Open
Credits
30 ECTS, 5 months
Language of instruction
English
Starts in
September

Published by  Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies