Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


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:

  • APG4278/APG5278 Religion and secularism in the quest for European integration
  • APG4337/APG5337 Conflict resolution and Islam in the Middle East
  • APG4338/APG5338 Islam in South Asia
  • APG4342 Islamic thought in the modern world
  • APG4654/APG5654 Islamic business and economics
  • APG4702 Culture and conflict in Indonesia
  • APG5856 Research project (9000 words, 12 pts)*

* 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.

Recommended level 5 electives for students considering a research degree

  • APG5600 Advanced research methods in social and political sciences
  • APG5851 Research project (9000 words)*

Students may select the equivalent of 12 points in Monash units from outside this list, if (a) the unit(s) are closely related to counter-terrorism studies, and (b) have been approved by the course coordinator.

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