Islam, Media and Conflict

Subject ISLM20009 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5 hour lecture 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.





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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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof Abdullah Saeed

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.

  • 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

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).

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. 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.

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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

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 Course(s): U21 Diploma in Global Issues
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Islamic Studies

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