Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies

Course Overview

Islamic studies has become a topic of strategic importance in our multicultural society and our program will enhance your appreciation for and understanding of Islam and the role of Muslims in the contemporary world.

This course addresses the professional needs of people who deal closely with Muslims in daily life for political, social, educational, business, gender relations, culture, community and public service purposes. You will develop insight into Islamic contemporary issues from both Islamic and wider perspective.

As a crucial 21st century topic, the course will provide you with a better understanding of pressing issues such as Islamophobia, radicalism and shariah.

Our course will prepare you for further study including independent research into Islamic culture and issues. The course can be used as a pathway for a Higher Degree by Research in contemporary Islamic studies.


Course Structure

Contemporary Islamic Studies students must satisfactorily complete 128 points, comprising 4 core subjects and 8 electives.

Core Subjects

ISL404 Islamic Worldview (8 points)
ISL452 Islam Through Western Eyes (8 points)
ISL594 Islamic Studies: Methodology and Sources (16 points)
and
ISL590 Dissertation for Islamic Studies (16 points) or ISL596 Islamic Studies Project (16 points)

400 Level Electives 

Choose 6 electives

ISL414 Islamic Law and Practice in the Contemporary World (8 points)
ISL453 Muslims in the West: Identity and Culture (8 points)
ISL454 Women in Islam and Islamic Cultures (8 points)
ISL456 Muslims in Australia: Past and Present (8 points)
ISL457 Radicalism, Terrorism and Extremism (8 points)
ISL458 Islam: Peace, Dialogue and Pluralism (8 points)
ISL459 Islam in Politics and Society (8 points)
ISL484 Modern History of Islamic Societies (8 points)

500 Level Electives
Choose 2 electives

ISL550 Islam and Science: Contemporary Ethical Issues (16 points)
ISL555 Contemporary Islamic Movements (16 points)
ISL571 Spirit of Islam: Mysticism, Art and Architecture (16 points)


Enrolment Pattern

Enrolment Schedule
The Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies offered on a part-time basis.

The annual schedule follows a trimester with the following periods throughout the calendar year.

Session 1         March - June

Session 2         July – October

Session 3         November – February

Below is an enrolment schedule for two subjects per session (part-time) to give an indication of what a study schedule would look like.

Please note that the electives listed below can be replaced with other electives offered that session.

Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies (128 Points)

Year

Session

Subject

Year 1

Session 1

ISL404 Islamic Worldview

ISL452 Islam through Western Eyes

Session 2

ISL414 Islamic Law & Practice in the Contemporary World
ISL453 Muslims in the West: Identity and Culture

Session 3

ISL459  Islam in Politics and Society

ISL484  Modern History of Islamic Societies

 

 

 

Year 2

Session 1

ISL456  Muslims in Australia: Past and Present

ISL457  Radicalism, Terrorism and Extremism

Session 2

ISL594  Islamic Studies: Methodology and Sources

Session 3

ISL590  Dissertation for Islamic Studies