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The Crimes of the Powerful

Postgraduate | MAQ-PICX8062 | 2024

Previously MAQ-PICX862

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.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

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The Crimes of the Powerful

About this subject

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

    1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the problems of definition of the various forms of business, corporate, and State criminality.
    2. Evaluate the role of corporate and State criminality in the context of the social and political life.
    3. 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.
    4. Outline the challenges involved in regulating, prosecuting and punishing these crimes from a global and local perspective.
    5. Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.

Entry requirements

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-CYB-MAS-2024 - Master of Cyber Security Analysis
  • MAQ-MCT-MAS-2024 - Master of Counter Terrorism
  • MAQ-SEC-MAS-2024 - Master of Security and Strategic Studies
  • 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-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)

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 Criminology

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Master of Cyber Security Analysis

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Master of Counter Terrorism

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Master of Intelligence

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