Islamic Studies, Minor (0020)

  • Western Sydney University Minor Code: 0020

Previous Code: SM1074.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Students engage in interdisciplinary study essential to an understanding of Islam, past and present. The area of study balances historical and modern Islamic studies and research methods. One of the keys to Islamic Studies is ‘relevance’ to contemporary Australian society but relevance can only come from a sound comprehension of past traditions in Islamic scholarship and their socio-historical contexts. Preparation for graduate study is also a key objective of this program, with its focus on developing critical and interdisciplinary research skills through a combination of approaches.


Campus Mode Advice
Bankstown City Campus Internal

Minor Structure

Students must complete 40 credit points as follows.

Subject Title Credit Points
Select at least two of the following:20
Hadith: The Prophetic Tradition
Islamic Law in a Changing World
The Qur'an: An Introduction
Islam: Past, Present and Future
Total Credit Points20

Additional subjects to complete the minor can be chosen from the above four subjects, or from the following pool subjects.

Pool Subjects

Level 2 Subject Pool

Subject Title Credit Points
HUMN 2031Islam in the Modern World10
HUMN 2061Women with Muslim Identity10
Total Credit Points20

Level 3 Subject Pool

Subject Title Credit Points
PHIL 3009Ethical Traditions in Islam10
HUMN 3047History of Muslim Civilisations and Ideas10
HUMN 3105History of Religion10
HUMN 3056Islam in the West10
HUMN 3054Islam in Southeast Asia10
HUMN 3057Islam, Media and Conflict10
HUMN 3058Islamic Revivalism in the Globalised World10
HUMN 3061Mystical Islam: The Emergence of Sufism in World History10
HUMN 3075Sociology of Religion10
HUMN 3081The International Relations of the Middle East Since 194510
Total Credit Points100

Equivalent Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this minor for students who passed these subjects in 2020 or earlier.

LANG 3008 - Applied Critical Methods, no longer offered.
HUMN 3025 - Conceptualising Islam, no longer offered.
 BEHV 3013 - Humanities Internship, no longer offered as part of this minor.
HUMN 1047 - Understanding Islam and Muslim Societies, replaced by HUMN 1061 Islam: Past, Present and Future
LANG 2017 - Great Texts of Islam: Quran and Hadith, replaced by PHIL 2011 The Qur'an: An Introduction
HUMN 2063 - New Ethnicities, Old Racisms, replaced by HUMN 2056 The Racial State
HUMN 3055 - Islam in the Modern World, replaced by HUMN 2031 Islam in the Modern World