JST539 Counterintelligence (8)

This subject examines the contribution counterintelligence makes to securing intelligence in an operational and organisational context. It is suitable for current and future practitioners in law enforcement, military, national security and business intelligence contexts; as well as students of the Master of Intelligence Analysis program. Subject content is delivered by blending theory with scenario based learning experiences, thus positioning students to recognise and apply counterintelligence knowledge and skills.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST539. 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



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to synthesise and apply advanced counterintelligence theory, principles and knowledge areas to address trends and threats;
  • be able to apply technical and critical analysis to complex counterintelligence ideas, concepts and problems;
  • be able to gather and interpret data, construct knowledge and influence stakeholder groups in multiple domains; and
  • be able to critically evaluate contemporary legal and ethical frameworks applicable to analytical judgement and reasoning in counterintelligence.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Understanding the problem - 21st century counterintelligence: theoretical foundations
  • Counterintelligence: The five eyes experiences
  • Intelligence, counterintelligence, perception, and deception
  • Defence counterintelligence
  • Counterintelligence and law enforcement
  • Counterintelligence and national security
  • Counterintelligence, economic and industrial espionage
  • Counterintelligence strategies
  • Personal and professional security
  • Counterintelligence and cyber security practices
  • Human intelligence methods
  • Counterintelligence investigations

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST539 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Ethics scenario
Threat assessment
Clean desk policy

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.