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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SOC 3350 - Covert Social Networks

Fall. 3 credits.

M. Brashears.

What do terrorist groups, criminal syndicates and online groups like Anonymous have in common? First, they hope to accomplish one or more goals and, second, they must do so while remaining largely undetected. In other words, they belong to a new and intriguing class of entities known as “covert social networks.” In this course we will consider the unique difficulties encountered by covert social networks, as well as their peculiar strengths. We will begin with a discussion of what is meant by a social network, introduce the problems and opportunities faced by such structures when they attempt to remain covert, and finally discuss possible methods for finding them. By the end of the course, students should have a better understanding of the dark side of social networks.

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