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


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

  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 from completion from the following course(s):

ASIA1025 - Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change

ASIA1030 - Asia and the Pacific in Motion

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

ASIA2516 - Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development

ASIA3035 - Indonesia in the Malay World: Culture, Media and Everyday Life

A minimum of 18 units from completion from the following course(s):

ANTH3014 - Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia (6 units)

ASIA2060 - Southeast Asian Security (6 units)

ASIA2070 - Democracy in Southeast Asia (6 units)

ASIA2165 - Islam in Southeast Asia (6 units)

ASIA3030 - History of the State System in Southeast Asia (6 units)

ASIA3021 - Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century (6 units)

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

ASIA2111 - Indonesian Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

ARCH2050 - Archaeology of Southeast Asia (6 units)

ARTH2056 - Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation (6 units)

ASIA2045 - Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda (6 units)

ASIA2016 - The Mongol Empire in World History (6 units)

ASIA2081 - Human Rights in Asia (6 units)

ASIA3032 - Digital Asia: Technology and Society (6 units)

ASIA2093 - Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ASIA2065 - Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes (6 units)

ASIA2067 - Economies of Emerging Asia (6 units)

ASIA2301- Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific (6 units)

ASIA2302 - Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives (6 units)

ASIA2304 - What is Literature? Asian Perspectives (6 units)

ASIA2307 - History of Empire in Asia (6 units)

ASIA2001 - Language in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

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

ASIA2311 - Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

INTR2016 - US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia (6 units)

INTR2028 - Regionalism, Rights and Order in Southeast Asia (6 units)

INTR2010 - International Relations in the Asia-Pacific (6 units)

STST2001 - International Security issues in the Asia Pacific (6 units)

INTR2012 - Chinese Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

INTR2047 - Human Security: Conflict, Displacement and Peace Building (6 units)

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