• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Major code INDN-MAJ


This major develops students' ability to communicate in a culturally and socially appropriate manner in Indonesian—the national language of Australia's close neighbour, and a language with well over 200 million speakers. The major emphasises the importance of cultural as well as linguistic fluency from the introductory level onwards and stresses the functional and situational use of the language in everyday life. Not only will students be able to converse on topics of relevance and interest to Indonesian speakers, but they will be able to read and write the language as it appears in the media and in literature.

Students in this major are encouraged to spend time studying at a tertiary institution in Indonesia. This can be done either through intensive in-country study in the summer or winter breaks, or through a year of study in the Year in Asia program. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Recogniseand produce the full set of standard Indonesian phonemes and use patterns ofstress and intonation.
  2. Recogniseand produce phrase and sentence structures that enable them to converse andwrite extended passages on a wide range of non-technical topics, and to read arange of authentic print media texts with sparing use of a dictionary.
  3. Use anactive vocabulary of around 2500 words.
  4. Converse andwrite on a wide range of everyday topics as well as in contexts such asdiscussion of marriage laws, forest conservation, urbanisation, languagepolitics, and economic disparity.
  5. Demonstratea cultural understanding of Indonesian perceptions or practices regarding suchtopics as: de facto relationships, punishment for drug offences, internalmigration, language prestige and language choice, and working abroad.

Other Information

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Advanced level of Indonesian.

Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the placement test site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language placement test to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level.


Relevant past experience includes:

-      Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)

-      Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend

-      Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken

-      The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)


Students who are not sure if they need to take a placement test should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.

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


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

INDN3003 - Indonesian 6 (6 units)


A minimum of 30 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

INDN1002 - Indonesian 1 (6 units)

INDN1003 - Indonesian 2 (6 units)

INDN2002 - Indonesian 3 (6 units)

INDN2003 - Indonesian 4 (6 units)

INDN3002 - Indonesian 5 (6 units)

INDN3015 - Advanced Indonesian: Translation into English (6 units)

INDN2525 - Learning Language Locally: Indonesia (12 units)

ASIA3108 - Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B (6 units)

INDN3104 - Advanced Indonesian: History and Development of the Language (6 units)

ASIA3083 - Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A (6 units)


A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

TETM1002 - Tetum 1 (6 units)

TETM1003 - Tetum 2 (6 units)

ASIA2103 - Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

ASIA2098 - Asian and Pacific Studies Internship (12 units)

ASIA2100 - Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)




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