Analysing Indonesia: Concepts and Issues

Subject INDO20001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 04-Jan-2016
Teaching Period 11-Jan-2016 to 29-Jan-2016
Assessment Period End 13-Mar-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Jan-2016
Census Date 22-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 19-Feb-2016

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

The is subject is offered as an intensive subject in Janauary and a semester long subject in semester 1.

The January intensive subject will be taught over 3 weeks in Indonesia. Students will incur extra travel and accommodation costs.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: January: 10 hours of lecture and discussion per week for 3 weeks. Semester 1: a 1 hour lecture and a 1.5 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours each for both availabilities.


Completion of any two first-year arts subjects or permission of the convenor of the program. This subject does not presuppose knowledge of Indonesian.

January intensive only: An application process applies for enrolment into this subject. Please contact the the subject coordinator at for further information.



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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Michael Ewing



Subject Overview:

This subject is a multidisciplinary introduction to key concepts in the social sciences and cultural studies and their application in the study of modern Indonesia, covering the historical, political, cultural, social, and linguistic factors that have helped shape the contemporary nation-state of Indonesia. The subject should prepare students for research in the field of Indonesian studies. This subject is taught two times per year: it is available either as an overseas intensive subject taught in Indonesia or as a semester-long subject taught on the Parkville campus. Enrolment in the overseas intensive option is by application and limited to a maximum of 15 students.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • Understand a variety of approaches to the study of Indonesia;
  • Be prepared for research in the field of Indonesian studies;
  • Acquire basic concepts and analytical tools in social and cultural studies;
  • Be able to apply reflexively selected classical paradigms on contexts and histories other than one's own;
  • Be able to express in scholarly fashion the complexity of social relations in specific historical settings.
  • Tutorial participation ongoing (10%)
  • Tutorial presentations on assigned reading materials during the teaching period (10%)
  • Two short essays of 750 words each one due in first half of teaching period; one due in second half of teaching period (20% each)
  • One long essay of 2500 words. The summer intensive option is due early Semester 1and the Semester 1 option is due during examination period (40%)

Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 75% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in 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. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Materials supplied by the Institute.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Asian Studies
Asian Studies Major
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Asian Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Asian Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Indonesian

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