Postgraduate | MAQ-PICX8062 | 2024
The Crimes of the Powerful
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Gaze back at some of the most powerful and criminal individuals and institutions. Categorise types of crime, such as white collar and state crime. Study notorious offenders and criminal acts, including the BHP oil spill and Nazi death camps.
The Crimes of the Powerful
About this subject
On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to;
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of the problems of definition of the various forms of business, corporate, and State criminality.
- Evaluate the role of corporate and State criminality in the context of the social and political life.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the forms of individual business or corporate and/or State crime, including such forms of financial crime, fraud, genocide and corruption.
- Outline the challenges involved in regulating, prosecuting and punishing these crimes from a global and local perspective.
- Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics in this subject will be provided in the study materials..
The subject was formerly known as PICX862 The Crimes of the Powerful
This subject examines crimes committed by powerful individuals and institutions: white collar crimes, corporate crimes and state crimes. From the Nazi death camps of WWII, to the Bhopal and BHP Gulf oil spill environmental disasters of more recent decades, the most harmful crimes are not those committed by offenders on the 'street', but rather by individuals and organisations occupying the most influential and privileged positions in our societies. This unit reorients the criminological gaze upwards, away from traditional street offenders and towards the most powerful criminals who occupy corporate boardrooms, parliaments and military organisations. Students will explore contemporary examples of each of these types of offence, examine the characteristics of powerful offenders, and address why crimes of this magnitude often go unaddressed by both contemporary criminologists and our systems of criminal justice.
- Final essay (60%)
- Mid semester quiz (15%)
- End of semester quiz (15%)
- Participation (10%)
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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-SSC-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate of Security Studies and Criminology
- 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-INT-MAS-2024 - Master of Intelligence
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-PICX841 (Not currently available)
MAQ-PICX862 (Not currently available)
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICX841, PICT862, PICX862
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 or MIntRel or GradDipIntRel or MIntBusMIntRel or MTransInterMIntRel or MCPICT or MCPICTMISS or GradDipCPICT or GradCertCPICT or GradCertISS or MSecStrategicStudMCrim or MSecStrategicStudMIntell or MSecStrategicStudMCyberSec or MSecStrategicStudMCTerrorism or MIntellMCrim or MIntellMCyberSec or MIntellMCTerrorism or MCyberSecMCTerrorism or MCyberSecMCrim or MCTerrorismMCrim or Master of Cyber Security Analysis or (10cps at 6000 level or 10cps 8000 level)
- Other requirements -
- Broadband access
Note: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 is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses