BSSn4455 Intelligence Analysis

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. JUDr. Ladislav Pokorný, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. JUDr. PhDr. Miroslav Mareš, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Supplier department: Division of Security and Strategic Studies - Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Wed 15. 2. 10:00–13:40 U42, Wed 1. 3. 10:00–13:40 U42, Wed 15. 3. 10:00–13:40 U42, Wed 29. 3. 10:00–13:40 U42, Wed 12. 4. 10:00–13:40 U42, Wed 26. 4. 10:00–13:40 U42
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! BSS455 Sec. intel analysis && ! NOW ( BSS455 Sec. intel analysis )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to clarify the activities of the intelligence services and the context of their activities. Attention will be paid to analyzing information in intelligence services. The issue will be demonstrated on case studies.
Learning outcomes
Students will learn about both theoretical and practical aspects of security information analysis. They will develop knowledge of sources and means of security information acquisition, principles of intelligence analysis and methods, tools and analytical work techniques, their classification and estimation.
  • 11.Course introduction 2. Information sources 3. Information and intelligence services 4. Legal issues of information acquisition 5. Methods of intelligence analysis 6. Intelligence analysis cycle 7.-12. Seminars, case studies.
    required literature
  • MICHÁLEK, Luděk, Ladislav POKORNÝ, Jozef STIERANKA, Michal MARKO and Adrián VAŠKO. Zpravodajské služby a zpravodajská činnost. Vydání první. Praha: Wolters Kluwer, 2021. xxv, 412. ISBN 9788075987259. info
    recommended literature
  • POKORNÝ, Ladislav. Zpravodajské služby (Intelligence Services). 1st ed. Praha: Auditorium, 2012. 150 pp. ISBN 978-80-87284-21-6. info
    not specified
  • ZRŮN, Michal and Lucie ŘEHOŘOVÁ. Úvod do zpravodajství : studijní text pro potřeby posluchačů předmětu Zpravodajské služby Policejní akademie ČR v Praze. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vydavatelství PA ČR, 2007. 68 s. ISBN 9788072512522. info
Teaching methods
Lecture, seminar, case studies analysis
Assessment methods
The course is completed by an exam which consists of two parts – a seminar paper and a written test. Students will be assessed as follows: 1/3 seminar paper and its presentation, 2/3 comprehensive written test. 1. A seminar paper on a theme chosen from a list or approved by the teacher in the course of the term will be handed in no later than May 15th. The paper will span 10 to 15 pages. The paper must be submitted in an electronic form both to the hand-in system in the IS and to the teacher’s email address. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be considered. The paper is assessed in terms of invention, student’s ability to find relevant issues within the theme, its logical structure, and whether or not quotes and comments comply with the norms. It is also necessary to use a broader spectre of sources than just the listed literature. The seminar paper must be presented at a seminar. 2. Comprehensive written exam (covers matter read at lectures and included in listed literature, questions come in the form of a test with four possible answers of which none need to be correct, or any number can be correct). Evaluation: 56-60 points: A, 51-55 points: B, 46-50 points: C, 41-45 points: D, 36-40 points: E, 35 and less: F.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
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