GPM513 Illicit Network Analysis (8)

This subject examines the nature and character of illicit networks and the various mechanisms by which they can be understood and analysed. It considers the underpinning social and technological dynamics which make network structures appealing to illicit actors, and the benefits they obtain from these organisational structures. The subject will develop an understanding of the primary techniques available for understanding and analysing illicit networks, and introduce students to a variety of tools that are frequently relied on in professional contexts.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
Canberra Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of illicit networks together with critical approaches to network analysis
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to research, analyse and critique illicit networks in the diverser contexts of law enforcement, intelligence, and national security
  • be able to critically analyse, consolidate, and synthesise understanding of the importance of social networks in analysing and countering illicit activity
  • be able to critically analyse the countering of illicit network activity, and the variety of actions that can be undertaken to achieve these ends
  • be able to communicate an informed understanding of key policy responses to illicit networks to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • be able to make high level, independent assessments, and provide sophisticated, empirically based analysis of illicit network threats in a scholarly, law enforcement, intelligence, military or other related contexts


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The Network Society
  • Network Terrain
  • Network Structures
  • Network Actors
  • Analysing Networks
  • Societies as Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Network Types
  • Strengths and Weaknesses of Networks
  • Information and Communication in Networks
  • Functional Adaption and Network Evolution
  • Targeting Networks
  • Social Network Analysis and National Security


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.