EDUC 3072


Course Level


Offered Externally

Note: This offering may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Education Futures

Course aim

To advance students’ cognitive and communication skills to transmit knowledge and ideas to others, of the genealogy of the evolving role of Islam in contemporary international affairs through the prisms of both Islamic and Western discourses.

Course content

Students will gain an understanding of the classical Islamic paradigms of international affairs, which shaped the relations between an Islamic state and the rest of the world during the time of Prophet Muhammad, during the period of the “Rightly Guided Caliphs” (Khulafa-e-Rashideen), and during Umayyad, Abbasid and Ottoman Caliphates. Students will gain knowledge of the contending Islamic perspectives on the inter-state relations between a Muslim polity and other Muslim and non-Muslim polities and the Western perspectives on the role of Islam in contemporary geopolitics and geo-economics. They will also acquire understanding of relevant colonial and postcolonial contexts. Through this knowledge, students will also have a better understanding of why the notion of a global Muslim community (Ummah) often acts as a unifying force among Muslims – whether living in Muslim or non-Muslim polities -- alongside their static/national identities.


Addelkader, D, Adiong NM and Mauriello R (eds) 2016, Islam and international relations: contributions to theory and practice, Springer e-Books, Wiesbaden





Teaching method

Component Duration
Online (Lecture ) 1 hour x 12 weeks
Online (Activities) 2 hours x 12 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Continuous assessment, Essay


EFTSL*: 0.125
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