JST456 Islam and Policing in the Modern World (8)

This subject provides students with a strong foundational knowledge and understanding of the history, culture and contemporary challenges of Islam. Students will apply their developing knowledge of Islam and Islamic culture to inform their professional practice when understanding and applying policy, regulation and enforcement strategies.


Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST456. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in:

Master of Anti-Money Laundering & Counter Terrorist Financing 
Master Intelligence Analysis 
Master of Emergency Management 
Master of Fraud and Financial Crime 
Master of Investigations 
Master of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security) 
Master of Terrorism and Security Studies 
Bachelor of Policing
Bachelor of Policing (Investigations)
Bachelor of Emergency Management
Bachelor of Border Management
Bachelor of Public Safety and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse the historical and cultural aspects of Islam to identify which factors may be impacting on the relationships between Islam, Muslim persons, and authorities in various circumstances;
  • be able to identify the historical and cultural aspects of Islam that may be influencing contemporary law enforcement policies and/or other relevant sectors;
  • be able to evaluate the current direction of Islam and its impact on future legislation, policies and practices; and
  • be able to demonstrate the communication, literacy, numeracy, research and digital skills required of a competent criminal justice practitioner.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • 1. General Islam as faith tradition
  • History and growth of Islam and Muhammad
  • Modern history & revivalist movements
  • Beliefs and practices of Islam
  • 2. Contemporary issues and policing
  • Religion and culture - Responses to modernity and globalisation
  • Islam in modern society - Shariah law and ethics
  • Islam in politics - Authority, secularism and democracy
  • Women in Islam
  • Jihad and terrorism
  • 3. Modernity and Islam in the context of policing
  • Muslims as minorities - Migration and refugees
  • Islam in the everyday life of Muslim minorities
  • What Muslims think of Western authorities
  • 4. Aspects of Islam in the western community
  • 5. Future of Islam
  • Islam and future directions

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST456 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assessment item 1
Assessment item 2

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Optional Residential School.

The purpose of the residential school is to provide an opportunity for exploration of the coursework covered and assessment of student learning. In addition to content review, this part of the course aims to facilitate an interactive session between the teaching academics, students, and sections of the Islamic community. 

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.