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Undergraduate | MAQ-PICX2010 | 2024

Intelligence and Counter Intelligence

Previously MAQ-PICX210

Course information for 2024 intake

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Learn to identify the key agencies in Australia’s national security community. Articulate the relationship between public and private sector law enforcement and intelligence organisations in protecting the state from domestic and foreign threats.

Study method
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Start dates
19 Feb 2024,
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

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Intelligence and Counter Intelligence

About this subject

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

    1. Identify key agencies and functions in Australia’s national security community
    2. Analyse and explain the various public sector law enforcement and intelligence roles which contribute to both domestic and international security
    3. Critically assess the integration of surveillance, intelligence and law enforcement in protecting the state from threats and vulnerabilities and demonstrate knowledge of intelligence analytical, collection and production processes
    4. Identify and debate challenges to relationship building between sectors relevant to national security at all levels of operations
    5. Assess both domestic and international security issues impacting Australia in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and consider their impact on Australia's intelligence agencies, from a governmental, private sector and societal perspective
    6. Make judgements on the strategic and operational needs of intelligence and law enforcement agencies in relation to legal, ethical and policy constraints

Entry requirements

Prior study

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

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-PICX210 (Not currently available)


50cp at 1000 level or above
NCCW (pre-2020 units)
PICT210, PICX210

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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What to study next?

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

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Bachelor of Security Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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