• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course examines a pivotal period in Indonesian history: the last years of Dutch colonialism, the Second World War and Japanese occupation, and the national revolution which began with Indonesia's declaration of independence and concluded with full international recognition in 1949. The course examines the tangle of military strategy and political contest within Indonesia, including Islamic and Communist revolution and regional secession, as well as the international dimensions of the successive conflicts. There will be an emphasis on the use of primary sources (archives, memoirs, film) and students will be encouraged (but not required) to use materials in Indonesian, Dutch and Japanese, according to their abilities.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will be able to

    1. demonstrate a knowledge of the key political, military, social and diplomatic developments in and concerning Indonesia between 1940 and 1950
    2. identify major historical controversies arising from this period as well as the arguments and evidence that are brought to bear on those controversies
    3. demonstrate an ability to navigate libraries, archives and online
    4. present historical arguments on the basis of primary sources

      Indicative Assessment

      Item A Contribution to discussion (10%)

      Item B Primary source study (500 words, plus footnotes) (30%)

      Item C Presentation on primary source study (10%)

      Item D Research essay, 3500 words (50%)

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      Approximately 33 hours of contact, plus reading and writing to meet assessment requirements (total approximately equivalent to one quarter of a full time load)

      Requisite and Incompatibility

      To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 84 Units of courses.

      You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

      Prescribed Texts

      None. Course outline will include a reading list and information on online sources.



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      Student Contribution Band:
      Unit value:
      6 units

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      Units EFTSL
      6.00 0.12500
      Domestic fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2015 $2604
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2015 $3576
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