CIA640 - Social Media Analysis

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Subject Title
Social Media Analysis

Subject Description
Social media is an evolving and revolutionary movement in social cohesiveness, connections and human interaction.  It is also an important element in criminal investigations and crime analysis.   In this course, students will explore how social media analysis is utilized in criminal investigations and forms part of the analytical process generally.  From the use of social media in telephone dial recorders, associate matrix building and other investigative avenues, social media analysis has proven to be one of the most critical components to crime solvability.   This course introduces students to the concept of open source information gathering and analysis of social media content on the web. During this course and through the lens of an investigator, students explore the web to locate open source information related to traditional and cyber-related crimes. Students examine how open source searching interacts with criminal investigations, crime analysis and the criminal law while learning about its evidentiary nature.

Credit Status
This is a required course in the Crime and Intelligence Analysis degree.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:


  1. Discuss the scope and nature of open source intelligence in Canada.
  2. Apply tactical or strategic analysis to open source intelligence to produce a response or recommendation.
  3. Evaluate the limits of open source intelligence and the current case law that impacts its use.
  4. Assess the impact of online content in the furtherance of criminal activity in the real and virtual worlds.
  5. Analyze the future trends of social media analysis in the criminal justice system.

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