• Offered by Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Marcus Mietzner
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.

This course examines Indonesia's foreign and security policy against the background of the country's decades-long, but still unfulfilled quest for a larger global role. As the nation with the fourth-largest population in the world, and as the third-largest democracy, Indonesia rightly aspires to expand its influence and have a greater say in international affairs. But both its foreign policy and its regional and international security policy have often been criticised as insufficient to achieve this goal. What, then, have been the hurdles to Indonesia's development into a key diplomatic and security actor? What have successive Indonesian presidents done to overcome these obstacles and increase Indonesia's international weight? How do Indonesia's neighbors, including Australia, view Indonesia's foreign and security potential, and its limitations? What is the most likely trajectory of Indonesia's foreign and security role in the decades ahead?

In this course, we will investigate the questions outlined above, and evaluate Indonesia's status in the web of regional powers in the Asia-Pacific region. In doing so, we will also reflect on key theoretical and conceptual questions in regards to the sources of a country's diplomatic and strategic power. Indonesia, with its quickly growing economy but continuously weak military, is a highly suitable case study for investigations into what exactly constitutes political and security influence in today's global security system.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Possess a deep understanding of the historical and conceptual foundations of Indonesian foreign and security policy.
  2. Possess knowledge of key concepts for analysing core issues of foreign and security policy. This will include understanding definitions of, among others, middle and great powers, realism, constructivism and democratic foreign policy.
  3. Apply these concepts in analysing Indonesia's past and current foreign and security policy..
  4. Conduct research independently and effectively, especially by identifying scholarly acceptable sources and materials.
  5. Express themselves clearly and scholarly in verbal and written formats.

Indicative Assessment

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  2. Tutorial Attendance and Participation (10 %) [LO - 1-3] (10) [LO null]
  3. Tutorial Presentation (15 %) [LO - 5] (15) [LO null]
  4. Tutorial Paper (1000 words: 15 %) [LO - 1,2,3,5] (15) [LO null]
  5. Research Paper (2000 words: 30 %) [LO - 1-5] (30) [LO null]
  6. Take-home Exam (30%) [LO - 2,4,5] (30) [LO null]
  7. (null) [LO null]

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3 contact hours and 7 hours private study per week.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have successfully completed 48 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

Amitav Acharya (2014) Indonesia Matters: Asia's Emerging Democratic Power. Singapore: World Scientific.

Assumed Knowledge

An introductory knowledge of Asian societies, indicated by the completion of two introductory courses in Asian Societies, or two introductory courses in history, politics, security studies or international relations is desirable.




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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
2020 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9387 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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