Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC2120: Introduction to Open-source Intelligence (OSINT)
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Lewys Brace (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
The boom of social media and an ever-increasing digital society has greatly increased the amount of publicly available information. Open-source Intelligence (OSINT) is the practice of collecting such data, and is a set of techniques that law enforcement agencies, security practitioners, insurance companies, and a host of other organisations are increasingly utilising in their investigative work; whether it be analysing illicit drug trading networks from posts on Instagram or tracking members of al-Qaeda from their Strava account. This module will introduce you to these techniques and how they are being used by practitioners as part of their investigative workflow.