This course is relevant to any candidate who wants to learn about Islam and its connection with other revealed religions such as Christianity and Judaism regarding plurality and diversity. The course will introduce students not only to the theology of Islam but its culture, civilisation and interaction with different people and nations in this globalised world. The students will be able to develop a critical approach to the study of Islam and its diverse methodologies.
This programme is approved and credit-rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It is available on a full-time or part-time basis.
The Advanced Diploma in Islamic Studies is awarded at SCQF level 10
8 months (full-time)
|Academic requirements||2 Highers|
|Work experience||Not required|
Full entry requirements are available here
This unique course is designed to develop students’ knowledge of the key areas of Islamic Studies. The course will introduce Islam in terms of its fundamental beliefs, history and development from the Arabian Peninsula to other parts of the world. Students will examine the key teachings of Islam as a religion and a civilisation that has encountered with other cultures and civilisations. They will also explore other areas such as women and Islam, Islamic core sources and Islamic ethics considering contemporary developments.
Through establishing a foundation and some critical thinking on the subject matter, candidates will become confident in addressing various challenges in response to their personal or professional situations through working in a multicultural society.
The course is comprised 5 compulsory units and 1 optional unit
|Introduction to Islamic Studies||9||12|
|Islamic Core Sources and Approaches||10||12|
|Women and Islam||10||12|
|Research Methodology in Social Sciences and Islamic Studies||10||12|
|Optional unit (from list below)||–||Various|
Introduces students to Islam, its history, important personalities in the early history of Islam, the development of Islam, its main sources and basic teachings. The students will also be introduced to the skill of transliterating for correct pronunciation of some Arabic/Islamic terms. On successful completion of this unit, students should know the basic teachings and the main sources of Islam. In addition, students will be able to understand some of the similarities and differences between Islam and other religions.
Gives students a comprehensive understanding of the Islamic core sources and approaches. They will be introduced to the different sciences developed within Islamic studies from exegesis (tafsir) to Islamic law (fiqh) and principles of jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh). On successful completion of this unit, students should know the different methodological approaches developed by Muslim scholars within the Islamic tradition.
Islamic Ethics (Akhlaq) has always been an intrinsic and fundamental part of Islamic thought, manifested in both Muslim jurisprudence and Islamic theology. This unit will look at the centrality of ethics in the Islamic core sources and how early and classical Muslim scholars have conceptualised it. Modern debates about the significance of ethics in Islamic core sources will be critically examined.
This is a lively subject used by those in both the Islamic and western worlds. It is a subject often used by critics to portray Islam as a misogynistic and oppressive religion. In their arguments, their first point of reference is the plight of Muslim women in many Islamic societies. The advocates of women’s rights in Islam encourage differentiation between the teachings of Islam and diverse cultural practices.
Designed to strengthen students’ critical thinking while writing or reading scientific research, to familiarise students with theories and the practical application of research methodology, methods, design and strategy while conducting a research proposal. The unit also includes aspects of methodology of Muslim scholars in searching for the truth by considering the revealed knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah, evidence from ijma’ and qiyas (logic) or even disputed sources.
|Arabic as a Foreign Language||5||20|
|Arabic as a Foreign Language||6||20|
|Arabic as a Foreign Language||7||20|
|Arabic as a Foreign Language||8||20|
|Arabic as a Foreign Language||9||20|
|Arabic as a foreign language||10||20|
Students are encouraged to be active participants and raise questions.
The course is composed of 5 core units and an optional unit. Each unit makes up of 12 credits taught over 12 weeks. For each unit students must dedicate at least 120 hours of study, 24 contact hours and 196 independent study. The option of Arabic, may require extra study hours.
The assessment is varied and will be both formative and summative. Students will write either and essay or a critical review on a subject about the unit. They will also present in the class for about 15 minutes as part of developing the communication skills, argumentation and coherence of ideas. Class participation and online discussions will constitute a part of the assessment as well.
The course will facilitate transition from further education to higher education for those who wish to take the academic route to become theologians, scholars of comparative religion. It might pave the way for those students who would like to pursue a career in journalism, Middle Eastern studies, politics, international relations, sociology and consultancy local and national governments on Muslim affairs. In addition, the programme is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary and as such will develop the critical and analytical skills of the student.
The College provides a conducive environment for its learners and staff in terms of facilities. More importantly, the College promotes multiculturalism as encapsulated in its vision and philosophy. The College is also situated near the city centre of Dundee close to the Universities of Dundee and Abertay as well as the Dundee College.