• Class Number 3139
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Gregory Fealy
    • AsPr Gregory Fealy
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course focuses on political and social developments in Indonesia  since 1945.  It summarises the major political events and figures of  the post-independence period before examining specific themes such as  the role of the military, Islamic movements, the state Pancasila  ideology, criminality and violence, gender, foreign policy and the  position of minorities.  Discussion of different scholarly  interpretations of these events and themes will form a major part of the  course.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a strong grasp of the main events, issues figures and organisations that have shaped Indonesian political and social life post independence. 

2. Understand the major scholarly approaches to the study of Indonesia. 

3. Critically engage with primary and secondary source materials.

Research-Led Teaching

Almost all of my research relates to Indonesia, especially Islamic politics and social movements. This course directly draws on my 30 years of experience in studying diverse facets of Indonesian political, social and religious life.

Required Resources

None. All mandatory readings and numerous supplementary readings are posted on Wattle.

Below is a list of useful books on Indonesia, all of which are available from the library. Students who are keenly interested in Indonesia or envisaging more serious study of the country might consider purchasing some of these works but there is no necessity to do so.

Ricklefs, M. C., A History of Modern Indonesia Since c.1200 (4th edn), Palgrave, London, 2009.  (This is a reliable and historically comprehensive reference work, though narratively dense).

Cribb, Robert, and Colin Brown, Modern Indonesia: A History since 1945, Longman, Harlow, 1996.

Cribb, Robert and Audrey Kahin, Historical Dictionary of Indonesia (2ndedn), The Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, 2004.

Cribb, Robert, Historical Atlas of Indonesia, Curzon, Richmond, 2000.

(All of Cribb’s books are lucid, accessible analyses of Indonesian history and come highly recommended.)

Pisani, Elizabeth, Indonesia Etc. Exploring the Improbable Nation, WW Norton & Company, New York, 2014.  (This book is a vivid and very readable account of contemporary politics, society and culture.) 

Bourchier, David and Vedi R. Hadiz (eds), Indonesian Politics and Society: A Reader, RoutledgeCurzon, London, 2004.

Elson, R. E., The Idea of Indonesia: A History, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008

The following online resources may also prove to be useful:

The Jakarta Post: http://www.thejakartapost.com

The Jakarta Globe: http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com

Inside Indonesia: http://www.insideindonesia.org

Indonesia at Melbourne: http://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au

New Mandala: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/category/indonesia-politics/

Tempo: http://www.tempo.co.id (available in both English and Indonesian)

Kompas Online: http://www.kompas.com (The most respected and best established newspaper. It has selected articles available in English but largely in Indonesian.)

Media Indonesia: http://www.mediaindo.co.id (Indonesian language)

Republika Online: http://www.republika.co.id (The main 'Islamic' daily newspaper. It has a few articles each day in English but mainly in Indonesian).

Tirto: https://tirto.id (attractive presented and informative online Indonesian-language news site).

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

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Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to course and overview of Indonesia Greg Fealy
2 Colonial Legacies, Japanese Occupation and the 1945-49 Revolution Guest Lecturer: Prof Robert Cribb
3 Sukarno, Parliamentary and Guided Democracy and the 1965 Coup Greg Fealy
4 Suharto's New Order Greg Fealy
5 Indonesia's Transition and Transformation Guest Lecturer: Prof Edward Aspinall
6 The Military and Politics Guest Lecturer: A/Prof Marcus Mietzner
7 Mid-Semester Break (8-23 April)
8 ANZAC Day Holiday - no classes
9 Islamic Politics Greg Fealy
10 Regional Autonomy, Rebellion and Ethnic Conflict Greg Fealy
11 Minority Rights and Intolerance Greg Fealy
12 Indonesian Diplomacy and Relations with Australia Greg Fealy
13 Reflections on Indonesian Democracy and its Prospect Greg Fealy

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % 25/02/2019 30/06/2019 1,2,4
Seminar Presentation 15 % 25/02/2019 30/06/2019 2,3,4
Seminar paper 15 % 08/03/2019 14/06/2019 2,3,4
Book review 30 % 10/06/2019 17/06/2019 2,3,4
Research Essay 30 % 31/05/2019 17/06/2019 2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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Assessment Requirements

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Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 25/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4


Participation is assessed throughout the semester

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 25/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Seminar Presentation

Results are given to students one week after presentation

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 08/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 14/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Seminar paper

Due one week after the seminar

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 10/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 17/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Book review

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 17/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Research Essay

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Late Submission

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AsPr Gregory Fealy
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

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Tuesday 14:00 16:00
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02 6125 3207

Research Interests

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Tuesday 14:00 16:00

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