POLS3324 Islam and World Politics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Political Science and International Relations major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit examines the role of Islam in the political process at state, regional and international levels. It looks at the main precepts of the Islamic religion, the notion of the Islamic state and its relationship to notions of democracy. In addition, the unit deals with the issue of Islamic revivalism in such countries as Algeria, India, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Given that a number of secular and non-Muslim states host a significant number of Muslims, the question is raised of the role of Islam in the relationship between Muslim immigrants and host states. From the perspective of the interaction between domestic and international politics, the unit examines the emergence of Islamic militancy and the linkages established between Islamic groups across state boundaries, and assesses their implications for state, regional and international stability.
Students are able to (1) explain, and engage critically with, the conceptual frameworks, techniques of investigation, core generalisations and key debates associated with the subfield; (2) identify and explain, in particular, the defining concepts of Islam and the politically relevant differences of opinion within Islam on interpreting and manifesting basic Islamic concepts; (3) explain the implications of this diversity of opinion for views of social justice and foreign policy; (4) identify the key events since 11 November 2001 which have affected relations between Muslim communities or countries and Western governments, and explain their relevance; (5) explain the causes and implications of Islamic transnationalism; (6) demonstrate an understanding of the complexity and interrelatedness of the ideas prevalent in Muslim societies in a globalised world, and of implications for global security; (7) communicate independently generated arguments and critical analysis of published research in a coherent and logical manner in both written and oral forms; (8) work collaboratively on substantial research or analytical tasks as a member of a small group, providing and assimilating critical commentary; (9) demonstrate research skills appropriate for locating, assessing, and making sophisticated use of relevant primary and secondary materials; (10) demonstrate advanced skills of problem analysis and critical reasoning, strongly informed by relevant theory; and (11) undertake independent, enquiry-based learning and research which reflects advanced knowledge of the subfield.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written work; (2) tutorial participation and assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Samina Yasmeen
Unit rules
any Level 2 POLS unit
POLS2224 Islam and World Politics
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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