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Undergraduate | MAQ-PICX3020 | 2023

Ethical Practice in Security Studies

Previously MAQ-PICX320

Canvas the major ethical, moral and legal paradigms of thought within security studies. Evaluate the ethics of the recourse to war, humanitarian intervention, wartime conduct, interrogation and torture, weapons, intelligence and surveillance

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

Start dates

  • 20 Feb 2023
  • 24 July 2023

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you be able to:

    1. Examine the major ethical, moral, and legal paradigms of thought within the field of Security Studies and Criminology.
    2. Discuss and critically evaluate challenging questions of security and criminology policy and practice.
    3. Apply ethical and professional standards expected of those working in the security sector, including during the course of their PACE activity.
    4. Understand and apply the theory of teamwork and project management during the course of their PACE activity.
    5. Through reflective practice, consider and apply career development and job application strategies.

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

one of

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-PICX320 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT312, PICX312, PICT320, PICX320 Pre-requisite 50cp at 2000 level or above and admission to BSecStud or BSecStudLLB or BBusAnalyticsBSecStud or admission to BSecStudMCTerrorism or BSecStudMCrim or BSecStudMCyberSecAnalysis or BSecStudMIntell or BSecStudMSecStrategicStud or/and permission by special approval

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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.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.

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What to study next?

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

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Bachelor of Security Studies

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