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Advanced Criminology Theory

Postgraduate | MAQ-PICX8088 | 2024

Previously MAQ-PICX888

Understand how crime intersects with social, political, cultural and economic elements of life. Learn and evaluate advanced contemporary criminology theory. Cover left and right realism, cultural criminology, opportunity and deterrence theories.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024

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Advanced Criminology Theory

About this subject

  • At completion of this subject students will be able to:

    1. Critically analyse, evaluate and compare a range of contemporary criminological theories.
    2. Employ independent research skills and disciplinary knowledge to evaluate domestic and transnational criminal issues.
    3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of criminological theory and its potential to shape new responses to crime.
    4. Apply a synthesised understanding of criminological theory to explain the development of criminal issues of domestic or international significance.
    5. Effectively communicate advanced disciplinary knowledge in both written and oral formats.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • MAQ-CRM-MAS-2024 - Master of Criminology


  • MAQ-CYB-MAS-2024 - Master of Cyber Security Analysis
  • MAQ-MCT-MAS-2024 - Master of Counter Terrorism
  • MAQ-SEC-MAS-2024 - Master of Security and Strategic Studies
  • MAQ-INT-MAS-2024 - Master of Intelligence
  • MAQ-SSC-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate of Security Studies and Criminology

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PICX888 (Not currently available)


Admission to MCrim or MSecStrategicStud or MIntell or MCTerrorism or MCyberSec or GradCertSecStudCr

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Master of Criminology

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Master of Cyber Security Analysis

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Master of Counter Terrorism

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Master of Intelligence

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