|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 3|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
The subject explores how a wide range of international human rights norms and values are conceptualised in classical and contemporary Islam and how Muslim thinkers of today are engaged in modern human rights discourses. The subject will consider the implications of conceptualizing human rights under sharia (Islamic law and norms) and international systems of human rights. Main themes covered are: the relationship of the sharia with modern international human rights law as well as with several of the controversial issues within human rights law; and compatibility of sharia with human rights values. A number of specific substantive issues, most notably the rights of women, children’s rights, and freedom of expression, freedom of religion and jihad and war will be studied in depth to illustrate the complexity of the contemporary debates on human rights and Islam.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a good understanding of the Islamic foundations of human rights and the relationship between sharia with modern human rights law;
- Explain the different foundations of human rights, in particular regarding religious and secular grounding of human rights;
- Illustrate the cultural relativism argument in the context of Islam;
- Demonstrate familiarity with the discourse of the appropriateness of applying international human rights standards in different contexts;
- Critically examine the practise of human rights in various Muslim societies.
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
One class presentation, 10 minutes (equivalent to 1000 words)
|Throughout the semester||25%|
Book review due four weeks after the teaching period
|During the assessment period||15%|
Research Essay due 6 weeks after the teaching period
|At the end of the assessment period||60%|
Hurdle requirementHurdle requirement: Hurdle requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject, class attendance is compulsory on all teaching days. All pieces of assessment must be submitted to pass this subject. Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.
|Throughout the semester||N/A|
Dates & times
Principal coordinator Abdullah Saeed Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours This subject will be taught intensively with a total of 35 hours : 7 x 5 hours of lectures and tutorials Total time commitment 170 hours Pre teaching start date 20 June 2019 Pre teaching requirements Students are expected to listen to a number of lectures (available on the internet/LMS) and read the essential readings for this subject before the class commences. This information will be provided on LMS before the beginning of the teaching period Teaching period 8 July 2019 to 16 July 2019 Last self-enrol date 24 June 2019 Census date 12 July 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 9 August 2019 Assessment period ends 6 September 2019
July contact information
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.