• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Major code INST-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate


Indonesia is one of the world’s fourth most populous nation, with over 250 million people spread over 17,000 islands. It the world’s most populous Muslim nation and its third largest democracy, the biggest exporter of a number of commodities, and has some of the world’s most ubiquitous usage of digital media. Indonesia is often described as Australia’s most important neighbour, and Australian scholarship on Indonesia is regarded as the best in the world. The major provides a well-integrated training, keeping a good balance in the scope of study between the past history and present challenges, as well as in terms of analytical approaches drawn from the humanities and the social sciences. Training in this major will significantly enhance qualifications and opportunities for employment in a wide range of fields, such as NGOs and development, media, education, government offices, or business and commerce. Successful completion of the major will also provide students a solid foundation for further research work in a higher degree programs. 

The major provides a depth of understanding of the diverse and vibrant, yet vast and complex Indonesian society, politics and culture. The Indonesian studies major is designed to complement the Indonesian language major, though knowledge of the Indonesian language is not required for courses in the Indonesian studies major.


Learning Outcomes

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

1. Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped Indonesia,
2. Identify and critique the contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of Indonesia,
3. Analyse developments in Indonesia in their regional and global contexts,
4. Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about Indonesian studies has developed.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Politics
  • International Security
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Major Requirements


This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development 6
ASIA3035 Indonesia in the Malay World: Culture, Media and Everyday Life 6

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH3014 Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia 6
ASIA2060 Southeast Asian Security 6
ASIA2070 Democracy in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2165 Islam in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA3030 History of the State System in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA3021 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century 6
INDN3104 Advanced Indonesian: History and Development of the Language 6
ASIA2111 Indonesian Foreign and Security Policy 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ARCH2050 Archaeology of Southeast Asia 6
ARTH2056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation 6
ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2081 Human Rights in Asia 6
ASIA3032 Digital Asia: Technology and Society 6
ASIA2093 Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA2065 Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes 6
ASIA2067 Economies of Emerging Asia 6
ASIA2301 Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific 6
ASIA2302 Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives 6
ASIA2304 What is Literature? Asian Perspectives 6
ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia 6
ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
ASIA2311 Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific 6
INTR2016 US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia 6
INTR2028 Regionalism, Rights and Order in Southeast Asia 6
INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific 6
STST2001 Security Concepts in the Asia-Pacific 6
INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy 6
INTR2047 Human Security: Conflict, Displacement and Peace Building 6
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