Understanding Islam and Muslim Societies

Subject ISLM10001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Muhammad Kamal


Email: muhammad@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This is an introductory subject that exposes students to the basic and fundamental beliefs and practices that constitute the fabric of the Islamic world. Students will be able to explore relationships and differences between the key teachings of Islam and the customary practices of Muslims. In doing so, students will study both unity and diversity in various regions of the Muslim world. Historical and anthropological approaches to studying a number of key institutions and discourses in Muslim societies will also be introduced.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

understanding the fundamental beliefs and practices of Islam, the rise and development of Islamic thought in its socio-historical context, and the nature of diversity within Islamic faith;
demonstrate an awareness of how Islamic thought was emerged and developed into a number of theological, legal and political trends in order to have competency to understand and deal with people of diverse cultural and intellectual backgrounds;
develop skills and ability to critically examine and analyse the major themes of Islamic thought. Apply a number of research methodologies to produce and formulate independently scholarly arguments in oral and written communication skills.


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:

Materials available through the University Bookroom.

Recommended Texts:


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

Students who have completed 110-089 Understanding the Muslim World are not eligible to enrol in this subject. Available as a breadth subject

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma in Arts - Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies
Related Breadth Track(s): Islamic Studies

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