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

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. be able to 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 the ability to navigate libraries, archives and online sources to identify primary sources
  4. present historical arguments on the basis of primary sources
  5. enhance capacity to read scholarly writing with a strong eye to the underlying argument

Indicative Assessment

Item A Contribution to discussion (10%)

Item B Primary source study (500 words, plus footnotes) (20%)

Item C Presentation on primary source study (10%)

Item D Research essay, 5000 words (50%)

Item E Critical review of two seminal articles in the field (2 x 500 words) (10%)

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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

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ASIA3028

Prescribed Texts

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


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

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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