Islam, Media and Conflict

Subject ISLM20009 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x 45 min lectures (online) and 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 2.5 contact hours/week , 6 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: One level 1 12.5 point subject in Islamic Studies.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements: None.


Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh


A/Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh

Subject Overview: This subject/unit 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.
  • understand how news media production and representations of Islam and Muslim societies interact
  • appreciate how new, emerging and alternative form of media discourses of conflict in the Muslim world work
  • understand how ‘Orientalist’ notions influence the mediatisation of conflict involving Muslims
  • understand how this mediatisation impacts on relations between Islam and the West, in relation to debates on ‘Orientalism’, ‘Asian values’ and Islamic worldviews
Assessment: Assessment totalling 4000 words (100%)
Prescribed Texts: Materials prepared by the Centre
Recommended Texts: None.
Breadth Options:

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

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be familiar with research methods; thinking in theoretical and analytical terms
  • communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically, confidence in self-expression
  • able to understand social, political, historical and cultural contexts, and demonstrate and international awareness and openness to the world
Notes: This subject will be taught online by the Griffith University. It is offered to students of University of Melbourne, University of Western Sydney and Griffith University. Local tutorial support will be available at all three universities. Available as a breadth subject
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies Major

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