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

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)

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ASIA3012.

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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