The Crimes of the Powerful
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.
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to;
- identify and interpret different types of ‘crimes of the powerful’ such as war crimes, white collar crimes, and environmental crimes.
- explain the incidence of ‘the crimes of the powerful’ using key criminological concepts and theories.
- evaluate and analyse policy responses to illegal activities such as white collar crime, environmental crime, corporate crimes and state crimes.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics in this subject will be provided in the study materials..
You won't be able to enrol into this subject if you've already successfully completed or currently enrolled in the following subject(s) as they are considered anti-requisites due to the similarity of the content.
Admission to MSSS, M.Int., M.Crim., M.Cyb.Sec., M.C.T., GCSSC, GDSSC, MPICT, PGDipPICT, GradDipPICT, MPICT with MISS or MISSS or PGDipISS or GDISS or PGCISS
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This subject focuses on crimes committed by the most 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 subject 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.
- Assessment 1 (40%)
- Assessment 2 (30%)
- Assessment 3 (20%)
- Assessment 4 (10%)