Subject details

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

  1. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of simulation & role playing as an educational and professional tool.
  2. Understand decision-making, bargaining situations and group dynamics in a political-strategic context.
  3. Apply crime prevention and deterrence techniques to complex and evolving real-world situations.
  4. Communicate disciplinary knowledge to professional audiences through the criminologist sections of the briefing papers.
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics in this unit will be provided in the study materials.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online materials

      • Simulations

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

MAQ-PICX812 and PICX889


Admission to MCrim and six units at 800 level or above

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    The second half of the subject when students are doing the simulation/wargame, will be delivered in an intensive mode, students are required to have an intensive level of involvement for 2 weeks.


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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

This subject provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired during their program of study to a real world crisis. After being exposed to theoretical concepts of scenario-building, role-playing and decision-making, students will experience the challenges of solving problems and finding solutions to real world crises during a dynamic simulation. They will be part of a team that includes students with different skill sets and knowledge, including strategists, intelligence analysts, criminologists, counter terrorism experts, and cyber security analysts. Students enrolled in Simulation in Criminology will perform the role of the criminologist. Their mission will be to formulate policy-oriented solutions by applying their theoretical knowledge and practical skills, including the use of crime prevention/deterrence tools. As part of a team, students will learn how to develop ministerial briefing papers during a crisis situation and how to make policy recommendations.

  • Policy Brief (20%)
  • Case Study (20%)
  • Ministerial Brief (30%)
  • Simulation (30%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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