1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
ASST2002 has been successfully completed
Course context

For students taking a major in Indonesian language, this topic is recommended for their first year of study.

Topic description

The topic will introduce Indonesian societies and cultures including indigenous communities and belief systems, Hindu Bali, the religion of Java, the place of Islam, the impact of colonialism and the West, legacies of the revolution and the Sukarno and Suharto years. Gender, development, human rights and environmental issues will also be addressed

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students with a broad understanding of the culture, society and politics of Indonesia
  • Introduce the religions of Indonesia, and their influences on Indonesian society and communities
  • Develop an understanding of the influences of colonialism and politics on Indonesian society
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Discuss the diversity of languages and cultures in Indonesia
  2. Identify the essential elements of different cultural communities and religions
  3. Compare the influences of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam on Indonesia
  4. Analyse the legacies of Dutch colonial rule, the Indonesian revolution, and the Independence period
  5. Gain a better understanding of Indonesian development issues
  6. Discuss the main themes in modern Indonesian literature through the writings of Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Key dates and timetable

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Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.