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Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies

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Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies

Graduate Diploma of Contemporary Islamic Studies
Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Islamic Studies

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CSU's Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies provides you with insight into traditional, spiritual and historic aspects of Islam. You will develop advanced knowledge about political, legal and social issues that impact on Islam, Muslims and the Islam-West relations.

The Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    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.

  • Career opportunities
    Career opportunities are broad as you will have the skills and knowledge to enhance a vast range of professions where local and global understanding of the contemporary world is essential such as:
    • journalism
    • defence
    • the police force
    • international relations
    • teaching
    • law
    • public service
    • psychology.
  • 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

    Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Islamic Studies
    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 32 points comprising of 1 core subject (8 points) and 3 restricted electives (24 points).

    Core Subject
    ISL404  Islamic Worldview (8 points)

    Restricted Electives
    Choose 3 subjects from the following restricted electives (24 points):
    ISL414   Islamic Law and Practice in the Contemporary World (8 points)
    ISL452  Islam through Western Eyes (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)

    Graduate Diploma of Contemporary Islamic Studies
    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points comprising of 2 core subjects (16 points) and 6 restricted electives (48 points):

    Core Subjects
    ISL404  Islamic Worldview (8 points)
    ISL452  Islam Through Western Eyes (8 points)

    Restricted Electives
    Choose 6 subjects from the following restricted electives (48 points):
    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)

    Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies (128)
    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 128 points comprising of the following:
    - 2 x 400 level core subjects (16 points)
    - 6 x 400 level restricted electives (48 points)
    - 2 x 500 level core subjects (32 points)
    - 2 x 500 level restricted electives (32 points)

    400 Level Core Subjects
    ISL404  Islamic Worldview (8 points)
    ISL452  Islam Through Western Eyes (8 points)

    400 Level Restricted Electives
    Choose 6 subjects from the following restricted electives (48 points):
    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 Core Subjects
    Complete 2 core subjects (32 points):
    ISL594  Islamic Studies: Methodology and Sources (16 points)
    and
    ISL590  Dissertation for Islamic Studies (16 points)
    or
    ISL596  Islamic Studies Project (16 points)

    500 Level Restricted Electives
    Choose 2 subjects from the following restricted electives (32 points).
    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

    Due to the flexible nature of the course, students will work out their enrolment pattern in consultation with the course coordinator.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    ISL571 Spirit of Islam: Mysticism, Art and Architecture
    ISL452 Islam Through Western Eyes
    ISL404 Islamic Worldview
    ISL456 Muslims in Australia: Past and Present
    ISL458 Islam: Peace, Dialogue and Pluralism
    ISL453 Muslims in the West: Identity and Culture
    ISL555 Contemporary Islamic Movements
    ISL454 Women in Islam and Islamic Cultures
    ISL550 Islam and Science: Contemporary Ethical Issues
    ISL414 Islamic Law and Practice in the Contemporary World
    ISL457 Radicalism, Terrorism and Extremism
    ISL459 Islam in Politics and Society
    ISL484 Modern History of Islamic Societies

  • Admission information

    A Bachelor degree in any discipline.

    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.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • 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 CollegeFPPGYYYOASI
    DirectDistance EducationUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYYJASI

    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

    Students must successfully complete 128 points.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Find out more about deferral

  • 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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