• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Emma Baulch
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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All students majoring in Indonesian studies must complete this course as one of the two core courses. This course deals with central issues in contemporary scholarship on Indonesia, emphasising the dynamics of social relations in specific historical contexts, questioning a number of dominant concepts, and current issues in the light of recent theoretical insights. The unifying focus of the course is on the 'constructedness' of social realities, with specific references to Indonesia. This allows students to study not only about the facts and figures ('‘what') of a given phenomena, but 'how' these facts and figures have come into being, whether these facts are given or open to debates,' why' some facts are more debatable sometimes than others; and 'how' they may change over time.

Students will consider the theoretical bases of such views, and their critiques. Selected key concepts in contemporary social and cultural analyses as used in analyses of aspects of social life in Indonesia will be examined. No prior knowledge of Indonesia is required.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of the semester, students are expected to be:
* familiar with the prominent aspects of the country's history and contemporary challenges;
* able to write fairly well informed essays on current issues in Indonesia, as well as to engage in wider academic discussion on Indonesia; and
* able to identify potential areas of significance for future research.

In addition, this educational exercise aims to enhance students' generic skills in the following areas: acquiring basic concepts and analytical tools in social and cultural studies; applying reflexively selected classical paradigms on contexts and histories other than one's own; and expressing in scholarly fashion the complexity of social relations in specific historical settings.

Indicative Assessment

(1) class participation  (ongoing) 10% (weekly: A minimum attendance of 8 tutorial sessions is required for successful completion of the subject)
(2) oral presentation for class discussion on assigned reading materials 10% (during the semester)
(3) one short essay 750 words 20% (one week after class seminar for individual students)
(4) one short essay 750 words 20% (mid-semester)
(5) one long essay 2,500 words 40% (examination period)

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


The course requires three contact hours each week and from four to five hours a week outside the contact hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of any courses.

Prescribed Texts

The core texts will be made available to enrolled students at Wattle. Recommended

Burr, Vivien (1995) An Introduction to Social Constructionism, London & New York: Routledge.
Chalmers, Ian (2006) Indonesia; an Introduction to Contemporary Traditions, Oxford University Press.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2190
2006 $2190
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3240
2007 $3240
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4064 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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