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SOC8001 Islam and the West

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 27 January 2023


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MSTA or MARA


This course makes it possible to study Social Science at Masters level, through an engagement with some aspects of the evolving relationship between Islam, Western society and modernity. It will also deconstruct some common Western misunderstandings of Islam, and, to that end, examine the concept of liberal Islam in some depth. As such, it will facilitate an understanding of Islam and Muslim culture which will enable students to contribute effectively and critically to the multicultural societies and global economy within which they will play a part.

Islam is one of the most newsworthy, yet systematically misunderstood, religions in the world. In this course, we examine some social-scientific works that are produced within the Muslim world in order better to understand the diversity of Islam and Islam's relationship with modernity, and get behind the clich├ęs that are often generated in media and popular commentary on 'the Islamic threat'. This course is not intended to suggest that one religion or religious culture is better or worse than any other, or to evaluate the Islamic world against divine standards. It is intended to introduce a respectful and critical approach towards students' own and other belief systems, and to consider the importance, diversity, and recent transformations of Islamic societies.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 27 January 2023