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Geopolitics and Geostrategy

Postgraduate | MAQ-PICX8060 | 2024

Previously MAQ-PICX860

Get a global perspective on the political issues that affect places like the Middle East and Europe. Flick through case studies from across the years. Discuss contemporary points such as Brexit and the re-emergence of Russia and Germany’s power.

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

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Geopolitics and Geostrategy

About this subject

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

    1. apply in-depth understanding about geopolitical analysis, geopolitical theories and geostrategy in multiple contexts. You will be across the various methods and approaches to geopolitical and geostrategic analysis.
    2. understand the difference between classical and critical geopolitics. You will be able to apply different methods for analysing geopolitics and to critically assess geopolitical questions through different analytical lenses.
    3. apply in-depth understanding about the historical evolution of modern geopolitics. Students will be equipped with the knowledge of historical case studies of geopolitically important changes before and after the Cold War, and the implications for scholarly understandings of geopolitical study.
    4.  apply geopolitical analysis and integrated knowledge to assess the significance of current trends in this area and the related implications for scholarship and the policy world. Students will also be able to recognise recurrent geopolitical patterns throughout history.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

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


  • MAQ-SEC-MAS-2024 - Master of Security and Strategic Studies


  • MAQ-CYB-MAS-2024 - Master of Cyber Security Analysis
  • MAQ-MCT-MAS-2024 - Master of Counter Terrorism
  • MAQ-CRM-MAS-2024 - Master of Criminology
  • 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-PICX901 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-PICX860 (Not currently available)


Pre-requisite: Admission to MSecStrategicStud or MIntell or MCrim or MCyberSec or MCTerrorism or GradCertSecStudCr or GradDipSecStudCr or MPICT or GradDipPICT or MPICTMIntSecSt or MIntSecStud or GradDipIntSecStud
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICX901, PICT860, PICX860

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -
    • Broadband access


    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.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

Related degrees

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

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Master of Cyber Security Analysis

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Master of Counter Terrorism

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Master of Criminology

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Master of Intelligence

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