Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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
Contact details; +61 3 9902 6011

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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • 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 units 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

Recommended level five electives for students considering a research degree

  • APG5600 Advanced research methods in social and political sciences
  • APG5856 Research project (9000 words)*

* Entry to this elective will be reserved for students with distinction-plus results in the three level four core units.

Note: Students can replace 12 points of level-five electives with 12-points of units from anywhere in the university, if closely related to Islamic studies and 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