• Class Number 7622
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Zoe Davies
    • Zoe Davies
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

Students will be presented with a general outline of the history of Islam from the seventh century to the present day. The course also examines the development of the central institutions of Islam in the context of that history. Special attention will be paid to particular developments and institutions such as: the emergence of Islam; the Qur'an and basic Islamic teachings; Islamic Jurisprudence; and political institutions (e.g. the Caliphate), which have influenced the modern political debate in Muslim communities in the Middle East and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of significant dates and events in Islamic history.
  2. Reflect on and discuss the ways in which Muslims have interacted over time with other Muslims, on the one hand, and non-Muslims, on the other.
  3. Analyse critical debates about, and schools of thought on, the meaning of key elements of the faith, such as the Qur'an and Prophet, pilgrimage, Islamic law, and the caliphate.
  4. Develop an awareness of the interaction between doctrine and context in the understanding of Islam as a faith and a social force.
  5. Participate in discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms:

written comments (mid-term essay and short response paper)

oral comments

feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus groups etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction and Overview: Islamic Ethics, Values, and Transnational Reach 
2 Islamophobia and Orientalism: from the Crusaders to Contemporary Times 
3 Early Islamic History and State: Islamic Law and the Spread of Islam
4 Muslim Empires: Science, Art and Architecture  
5 Women in Islam/ Islamic Feminism: from Nahda to Contemporary Times 
6 Political Islam: Islamist Movements in the Modern and Contemporary Era 
7 Muslims in the Metaverse & Islamic Charity    
8 Symbols of Islam and State Narratives
9 Minorities in Islam – non-Muslims and LGBTQI communities
10 Islamist Radicalism: Drivers of Extremist Movements in Muslim Majority Society and in the West  
11 Transnationalism, Islamic diversity and Islamic Education Institutions 
12 The Future of Islam, Contemporary Debates around Islam and Muslim Majority Societies      

Tutorial Registration

Tutorial registration will be made available to students in week one (via WATTLE)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Class Presentation or Podcast (20%) 20 % * LO's 1-8
Tutorial participation (10%) 10 % * LO's 1-8
Critical Analysis Task - 1000 words (30%) 30 % 31/08/2023 LO's 1-8
Research Essay - 3000 words (40%) 40 % 26/10/2023 LO's 1-8

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: LO's 1-8

Class Presentation or Podcast (20%)

Students are required to select a weekly theme and either submit a podcast or present to the class (The presentation/ podcast should be approximately 4 minutes in length). The task is designed to enhance the student’s research skills, help students learn how to organise their thoughts and help foster confidence in public speaking in a safe learning environment.

Due date – students to sign up for the class presentation/ podcast in week 1 and present in the week selected.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: LO's 1-8

Tutorial participation (10%)

Tutorial Participation (10%)

Based on a student’s contribution to the class discussion. The task is designed to encourage student participation in debates, help cement the student’s knowledge of the topic and help foster confidence in public speaking in a safe learning environment.

Due date – ongoing from week 1

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 31/08/2023
Learning Outcomes: LO's 1-8

Critical Analysis Task - 1000 words (30%)

Students are required to select one of the following four class readings:

-         Week 1 – Pew Research Group Report

-         Week 2 – Roots of Muslim rage article by Bernard Lewis

-         Week 3 – Islamic and Secular Feminism article by Margot Badran

-         Week 5 – Islamism Post-Arab Spring article by Ardovini & Biagini

Based on their selection, students are required to provide a written critical analysis of the selected text of approximately 1000 words -/+ 10%. This task is designed to help improve the student’s writing skills, help students understand the difference between summarising information and critiquing knowledge, and improve their critical thinking.

Due date - midnight Thursday 31 August 2023 via Turnitin on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 26/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: LO's 1-8

Research Essay - 3000 words (40%)

Students are required to answer one of the essay questions listed on Wattle. Students are encouraged to unpack the complexities within the essay question and critically discuss the topic selected. The marking rubric for this assessment is available on Wattle. Students can devise their own topic but only with the prior approval of the course convenor.

Due at midnight Thursday 26 October 2023 via Turnitin on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Zoe Davies

Research Interests

Politics in the Middle East, Civil society movements in the Middle East, Gender in the Middle East

Zoe Davies

By Appointment
Zoe Davies

Research Interests

Zoe Davies

By Appointment

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