JST493 National Security & Intelligence Issues (16)

The subject equips the student with an understanding of intelligence in the national security context. Key principles such as critical thinking and various structured analytical thinking tools are introduced to assist students to develop greater current and strategic  intelligence analysis capabilities in the national security context.  Students are encouraged to develop a sound appreciation of the national security context, including the roles of various agencies in the National (Australian Intelligence Community), and those of the Canadian, New Zealand, US and UK.  Contemporary legislation and key professional debates about intelligence are explored (including the politicisation of intelligence and intelligence failures). This subject places intelligence in its workings in the national security context by discussing links between intelligence doctrinal issues and their relevance to the global and transnational security agenda.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST493. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Assumed Knowledge
Students would normally have have an understanding of basic tactical/operational intelligence theory and practice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of key theoretical and practical intelligence analysis principles that guide practitioners working with national security agencies
  • Think critically about the National Intelligence Community (Australian) and your own professional practice in relation to it.
  • Critically reflect on the contemporary legal and ethical issues relating to national security intelligence, and provide recommendations for policy and management action.
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and research skills and be able to appropriately apply these to a range of contemporary national security intelligence practice issues
  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise a range of data in a selected area of global/transnational security area
  • Demonstrate mastery of critical thinking and alternative analytical capabilities in the context of national security and intelligence issues.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Foundation principles of national security & intelligence principles
  • The National (Australian) Intelligence Community
  • Intelligence: ethical and legal dimensions
  • Comparative intelligence systems and contemporary debates in national security practice
  • The global/transnational security agenda


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.