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HIST 2450 Spies, Spying, and the Presidency (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This survey course will examine the relationship between U.S. intelligence agencies and their impact on presidential decision-making. We will examine the history of intelligence and the presidency from the period of the American War for Independence through the present U.S. war actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The course aims not only to provide a discussion of US political history, but also incorporates elements of the relationship between intelligence studies and literature, philosophy, and religion. Questions of civil liberties, legal history, the role of Congress, and moral and ethical questions surrounding the gathering and effectuation of intelligence will be under study.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Charles Gallagher, S.J.

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 08-Feb-17