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Bachelor of Islamic Studies

Associate Degree in Islamic Studies [exit point only]
Diploma of Islamic Studies [exit point only]

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CSU’s Bachelor of Islamic Studies provides well rounded knowledge in the various disciplines of Islam.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of Islamic Studies was developed in response to a growing need for an understanding of the Islamic faith within Australian communities. The lack of formally recognised training education in Islamic traditions was also addressed. The course provides Islamic education within the Australian context, while staying true to Islamic traditions.

    The Bachelor of Islamic Studies provides students with an advanced knowledge of Islam which includes a highly developed comprehension of the theological, jurisprudential, historical, contemporary and spiritual aspects of Islam. Islamic sciences are studied from both a classical and contemporary perspective and students graduate with the ability to write in Arabic and read from the religious texts in Arabic, in addition to an understanding of Arabic grammar and vocabulary. The course prepares students with an advanced insight of the Islamic faith which can prove beneficial for further academic study, or for a range of professions such as teachers, public servants, companies or any individual or institution dealing with Muslims regularly.

  • Career opportunities

    This course is beneficial to anyone who requires an understanding or appreciation of the Islamic faith, in a range of careers in the humanities or teaching fields.

    Graduates may pursue religious teaching opportunities in mosques, private study circles, schools or other institutions.

    This course can also provide an academic career path in areas such as Islamic Studies, Islamic Theology or Islamic Law.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Diploma of Islamic Studies [Exit Point Only] (64)
    Students who satisfactorily complete the following subjects (64 points) may exit with a Diploma of Islamic Studies:
    • 7 core subjects (56)
    • 1 Arabic elective (8)

    Core Subjects
    ISL100 Islamic Worldview and Faith Essentials
    ISL110 Fiqh (Islamic Law) of the Five Pillars
    ISL170 Ihsan (Spirituality) Essentials
    ISL181 Sirah (Life of Prophet Muhammad)
    ISL202 Usul al-Din (Foundational Islamic Theology)
    ISL211 Usul al-Fiqh (Methodology of Islamic Law)
    ISL232 Usul al-Hadith (Methodology of Prophetic Traditions)

    Arabic Electives
    ISL260 Introduction to Arabic Reading
    ISL261 Beginner Arabic Language 1
    ISL262 Beginner Arabic Language 2
    ISL263 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 1
    ISL364 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 2
    ISL365 Advanced Arabic Grammar

    Associate Degree in Islamic Studies [Exit Point Only] (128)
    Students who satisfactorily complete the following subjects (128 points) may exit with an Associate Degree in Islamic Studies:
    • 8 core subjects (64)
    • 8 elective subjects (64) comprising:
       - 2 x Arabic elective subjects, chosen from the list below
       - 4 x Islamic studies electives, chosen from the list below
       - 2 x elective subjects, chosen from the Islamic Studies electives list below OR from another discipline. (Prior approval from Course Director needed)

    Core Subjects
    ISL100 Islamic Worldview and Faith Essentials
    ISL110 Fiqh (Islamic Law) of the Five Pillars
    ISL170 Ihsan (Spirituality) Essentials
    ISL181 Sirah (Life of Prophet Muhammad)
    ISL202 Usul al-Din (Foundational Islamic Theology)
    ISL211 Usul al-Fiqh (Methodology of Islamic Law)
    ISL230 Usul al-Tafsir (Methodology of Qur'anic Exegesis)
    ISL232 Usul al-Hadith (Methodology of Prophetic Traditions)

    Arabic Electives
    ISL260 Introduction to Arabic Reading
    ISL261 Beginner Arabic Language 1
    ISL262 Beginner Arabic Language 2
    ISL263 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 1
    ISL364 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 2
    ISL365 Advanced Arabic Grammar

    Islamic Studies Electives
    ISL101 Mantiq (Logic) and Critical Reasoning
    ISL151 Islam in the Modern World
    ISL171 Akhlaq (Morality) and Adab (Manners) in Islam
    ISL271 Purification of the Heart
    ISL282 History of Prophets: Adam to Jesus
    ISL312 Religious Service and Community Leadership
    ISL313 Islamic Family Law
    ISL331 Advanced Study of Tafsir (Qur'anic Exegesis) Literature
    ISL333 Advanced Study of Hadith Literature
    ISL353 World Religions in Australia
    ISL355 Women in Islam and Islamic Cultures
    ISL383 Islamic History: 632 to Present

    Bachelor of Islamic Studies (192)
    • 10 core subjects (80)
    • 14 elective subjects (112) comprising
       - 4 x Arabic electives, chosen from the list below
       - 6 x Islamic studies electives, chosen from the list below
       - 4 x elective subjects, chosen from the Islamic Studies electives list below OR from another discipline. (Prior approval from Course Director needed)

    Core Subjects
    ISL100 Islamic Worldview and Faith Essentials
    ISL110 Fiqh (Islamic Law) of the Five Pillars
    ISL170 Ihsan (Spirituality) Essentials
    ISL181 Sirah (Life of Prophet Muhammad)
    ISL202 Usul al-Din (Foundational Islamic Theology)
    ISL211 Usul al-Fiqh (Methodology of Islamic Law)
    ISL230 Usul al-Tafsir (Methodology of Qur'anic Exegesis)
    ISL232 Usul al-Hadith (Methodology of Prophetic Traditions)
    ISL331 Advanced Study of Tafsir (Qur'anic Exegesis) Literature
    ISL333 Advanced Study of Hadith Literature

    Arabic Electives
    ISL260 Introduction to Arabic Reading
    ISL261 Beginner Arabic Language 1
    ISL262 Beginner Arabic Language 2
    ISL263 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 1
    ISL364 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 2
    ISL365 Advanced Arabic Grammar

    Islamic Studies Electives
    ISL101 Mantiq (Logic) and Critical Reasoning
    ISL151 Islam in the Modern World
    ISL171 Akhlaq (Morality) and Adab (Manners) in Islam
    ISL271 Purification of the Heart
    ISL282 History of Prophets: Adam to Jesus
    ISL312 Religious Service and Community Leadership
    ISL313 Islamic Family Law
    ISL353 World Religions in Australia
    ISL355 Women in Islam and Islamic Cultures
    ISL383 Islamic History: 632 to Present
    ISL399 Guided Research

    Enrolment pattern

    There is a degree of flexibility in the course structure, suitable to the large number of part time and distance education enrolments. Students are encouraged to complete the Core subjects first as they serve as a foundation to the discipline. Students will structure their progress through the degree according to the requirements in the degree and to availability of subjects in a given session.
    Students must ensure that they meet the Exit Point award structure if they choose to exit with their chosen qualification before completion of the Bachelors program.

  • Admission information

    Admission is according to the standard CSU criteria for undergraduate courses.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

     
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationUnited Theological CollegeCGSYYYEAAI
    DirectDistance EducationUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYYJABI

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School
    Centre for Islamic Sciences and Civilisations / Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA)

    The Centre for Islamic Sciences and Civilisation is a collaboration between CSU and the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA). The School offers accredited Islamic studies courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU’s courses have been designed in collaboration with ISRA’s advisory committee which includes some of the most respected Muslim scholars from the Australian Muslim community. Established in 2009, ISRA is a product of the inter-faith dialogue movement and is a platform for cooperation between Australian Muslims and educational institutions around Australia. With more than 10 year’s experience, the directors of ISRA are pioneers in Islamic education. ISRA brings extensive knowledge and experience in the provision of educational services, contributing the uniqueness of courses in the school.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Study

    The following subject is recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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