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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2120: Introduction to Open-source Intelligence (OSINT)

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Overview

NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Lewys Brace (Convenor)

Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

Available via distance learning

No

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.

Module created

08/01/2021

Last revised

09/01/2022