A history of the FBI ADED11560

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

To those who adhere to the official view of the FBI, its history is the story of the development of a dynamic organisation, dedicated to fighting crime. They would argue, not without evidence, that the FBI has been at the forefront of modern forensic methods and advanced techniques of crime fighting such as criminal profiling. This selective version of the truth ignores some of the shortcomings of FBI and this course aims to redress the balance by giving students an opportunity to evaluate the claims of those who view the FBI as a model agency of law enforcement and those who argue that it has often strayed from the ideals of its motto: Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.


Block 2

2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Weeks 6-10

Fridays 13.00-15.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide an overview of how the FBI has evolved and changed from its inception to the present day

■ Introduce students to the lives and legacies of the Directors who have shaped the FBI

■ Consider how successful the FBI has been in meeting its stated ideals and values of Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Explain in what ways the FBI has changed and evolved since its inception

■ Compare and contrast the relative contributions of its various Directors to the history of the FBI

■ Analyse the question of whether the FBI has always adhered to its stated ideals and values of Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.