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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMIslamicSt
CRICOS code061393F
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Professor Greg Barton


This course offers a broad and comparative introduction to the social, historical and political aspects of Islam. It will cover a range of areas and disciplines, such as international relations theories and practice, human rights, international business, and concepts of nationalism and post-colonialism.


Upon completion of this course, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of Islamic civilisation, history and contemporary politics
  • an appreciation and understanding of the diversity for Islamic culture and Muslim societies and the issues facing them in Asia, North Africa or the Middle East
  • highly developed critical thinking skills, particularly in regard to analysis of contemporary Islam and the perceived challenges it poses
  • the ability to integrate theoretical understandings and analysis of Islam in the historical and contemporary context into their own professional workplace environment
  • highly developed collaborative learning and research skills
  • the ability to work and research independently on complex academic and workplace-based projects
  • high level writing, communication and presentation skills.

Maximum credit allowed

36 credit points


This course consists of three core untis and one elective unit at level four (48 points) and one core and one elective unit at level five (24 points).


Core units


Students select one level four elective and one level five elective from the following:

* Entry to the research project elective will be reserved for students with distinction-plus results in the three level four core units. The research unit may only be taken at level five.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with a related graduate certificate
  • 48 points with a related graduate diploma.


Master of Islamic Studies