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Specialisation: Policing

Specialisation Details



Department of Security Studies and Criminology
Faculty of Arts
Admission Requirements:
Admission to Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism or Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism with the degree of Master of International Security Studies
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
External — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 2 (July)

This specialisation must be completed as part of an award. The general requirements for the award must be satisfied in order to graduate.

Requirements for the Specialisation:

Completion of a minimum of 12 credit points including the following prescribed units:

Credit points

800 level

12cp from
Police Leadership and Governance (4)
Terrorism Dynamics (4)
Cyber Crime (4)
Organised Crime (4)
International Policing Systems (4)
Applied Criminology Practice and Policy (4)


Additional Information
Overview and Aims of the Program The Policing specialisation is designed to equip students with the ability to respond to major policing issues both locally and internationally. Students will also gain knowledge and understanding in contemporary intelligence, counter terrorism and security studies.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
1. investigate the key historical and contemporary perspectives of policing and law enforcement to develop an understanding of the drivers of the law enforcement industry (K)
2. describe the social, political and economic factors that determine how policing systems are employed (K)
3. describe operating environments of contemporary policing organisations (K)
4. evaluate national and international case studies to illustrate the dynamic changes in policing and law enforcement (T)
5. critique the theoretical and practical concepts that underpin the law enforcement industry and be able to report on the key issues (J)
6. analyse and construct assessments of a range of organised criminal activities, incorporating considerations of treatment and prevention policies (P)
7. investigate specific ideological based systems of law enforcement as they existed throughout history and influence contemporary societies (P)
8. evaluate strategies and systems employed in policing and law enforcement with an emphasis on strategic law enforcement practices and develop conclusions on future directions (P)
9. present a considered analysis of law enforcement structures, partnerships and external legal factors with reference to success in a professional environmen (C)
10. design professional projections for the integration of public and private law enforcement, underpinned by relevant scholarship and contemporary strategic factors (P).
Learning and Teaching Methods Through online and on-campus lectures and seminars, student engagement in discussion and the collaborative consideration of core principles are designed to be engaging, lively and to challenge pre-conceptions of students. Designed to incorporate students of diverse academic, professional and socio-cultural backgrounds, the department utilizes a range of learning methods ranging from the self-directed and self-reflective acquisition of knowledge through research and intellectual inquiry, to practice-based peer-to-peer group-work and discussion (either online or in-class) which results in the production of collaborative assessment outputs.
The Department caters to a variety of learning styles and students will have the opportunity to learn through individual and collaborative study, peer discussion, debate, research, reflective practice, and self-directed methods.
Common strategies include:
o Drawing upon contemporary case studies and events to encourage students to identify individual knowledge of key issues and themes, whilst connecting these to the theoretical and methodological principles relevant to the discipline.
o Employing a variety of teaching and assessment formats that engage diverse learning styles and encourage student participation, discussion, and collaboration.
o Developing and presenting learning materials in written, oral and digital formats to support key concepts and knowledge.
o Facilitating inquiry and research-based assignments where students practice skills and apply knowledge to practical problems and contexts.
o Drawing upon the experience and expertise of Department staff and visiting scholars.
o Offering frequent assessments and feedback that identify student strengths and weaknesses and offer suggestions for improvement and further learning opportunities.
o Encourage students to become self-reflective learners through provision of feedback and the setting of individual and collaborative journaling and peer-review tasks.
The Department will enact these strategies through the following teaching methods:
o Lectures: staff and invited guest lecturers deliver information and other unit material, provide demonstrations, and offer invaluable information that is used to further individual and group study. Lecturers are frequently interactive, integrate multimedia and allow students to ask questions and offer their own examples.
o Seminars: seminars allow for more interactive discussion of topics, material, student research and projects, and assigned readings. They provide an opportunity to discuss or debate a topic usually following an introduction by the tutor or by one or more students. In addition to their units, students have the opportunity to attend Department seminars and events. During research seminars, students will be exposed to innovative new research and ideas. Professionalization seminars are held to assist with career preparation, postgraduate study opportunities, networking, and familiarizing students with employment strategies and opportunities.
o Independent Learning: students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety self-directed study and research projects. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in University programs that facilitate practical learning opportunities and study abroad.
o Group Learning: students will work within small teams or study groups on selected assignments and class projects. Group work enables students to develop valuable team working skills, peer networks, and experience working with individuals holding diverse perspectives. Students also have the opportunity to engage in peer review and reflective exercises.
o Online Media: students will have access to a variety of on-line resources to facilitate and enrich their learning process. For example, study and tutorial aids, case studies, videos, discussion forums, and supplementary on-line readings and other materials are used.
Assessment Assessment for and assessment of learning is designed to cater for diverse learning styles and allow for the inclusion of students of diverse language backgrounds. Students are encouraged to undertake reflective practice throughout all units, as this will be culminated in the Capstone units. A vast array of skills and techniques are used in assessing Learning Outcomes.
o Written assessments within traditional academic format ranging from short essays to longer, self-directed research papers.
o Written assessments pertinent to simulation of relevant industry documents.
o Short quizzes and issue briefs.
o Engagement in discussions, both in seminar format and through the online forums.
o Oral presentations in professional contexts.
o Literature reviews and Annotated Bibliographies.
o Individual learning portfolios.
o Application of theoretical knowledge to modeling of real world scenarios through written reports or strategic responses.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability The graduates gain an understanding of local and regional security issues and develop skills to conduct analysis and assessments at an operational level and policy development at a strategic level.

They find employment with state and federal police services, defence forces, intelligence agencies, border protection and public sector agencies involved in the national security field. There are also opportunities in the private security industry and the cyber security sector. Many graduates also work in the private sector, especially in large companies that have an intelligence and/or cyber security function either in Australia or internationally. Graduates also work with a range of non-government organisations.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148