Islam, Media and Conflict

Subject ISLM20009 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.





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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:



Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with an understanding of global, regional and local news media production and representations of Islam and Muslim societies. It discusses new, emerging and alternative forms of media discourses of conflict in the Muslim world, and analyses selected news reports as forms of case studies. Taking the notion of ‘.Orientalism’. as its starting point, the subject/unit critically examines the extent to which the mediatisation of conflict impacts relations between Islam and the West vis-a-vis debates on Orientalism, 'Asian values' and Islamic world views.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

gain a broad knowledge of media theories and to apply them to various political conflicts featuring Muslims both in Australia and abroad;

to be able to engage with scholarly works that explore various media techniques and to critically evaluate the appropriateness of using that approach in studying a given conflict featuring Muslims.

to be able to develop research and critical analysis skills, examining complex issues from multiple perspectives.

  • A 500-word take home test 20% (due week 6)
  • A 1,500-word journal exercise 30% ( due week 8)
  • A 2,000-word major essay 50% (due in the examination period)

Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 75% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Rane, Ewart and Abdalla, Islam and the Australian News Media, MUP, 2010

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): U21 Diploma in Global Issues
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Certificate in Arts - Islamic Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies
Related Breadth Track(s): Islamic Studies

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