• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Asian Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ying Xin Show
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

In this course, students critically evaluate and analyse central issues in contemporary Indonesia and its role in the ‘Malay World’ - the Malay-speaking parts of Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. The unifying focus of the course is on the 'everyday life' of people in the region, with specific references to culture, media, anthropology, and the environment. Students will further explore the dynamics of social relations in specific cultural and historical contexts of the Indonesian and Malay archipelago, and current issues in the light of recent technological and societal change. Topics covered include popular culture, gender and religious identity, urbanisation, digitalisation, migration, climate change, decentralisation, cosmopolitanism, historical memories and much more. Students learn not only about the facts and figures of nation-states in the region today, but also 'how' their modern identity is being debated and constructed, and how it has changed over time. Throughout the course, students will have opportunities to formulate their own views and arguments. In this way, they will expand their understanding of contemporary social and cultural life in Indonesia and the Malay world.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and explain central issues involving culture, media and everyday life in Indonesia and the Malay World;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, cultural and social contexts of the developments of these issues;
  3. Critically evaluate, compare and discuss arguments made in the field of cultural studies and Southeast Asian studies;
  4. Apply analytical skills to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of social relations in the region;
  5. Formulate their own views and arguments on the topics of the course, both orally and in writing.

Other Information

This course's focus is Indonesia, but there is also time devoted to Malaysia extensively, as well as Singapore and the Philippines when discussing the 'Malay world'

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Discussion posts (35) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. In-class presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Research essay 2,500 words (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The course requires three contact hours each week. The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 48 units of university courses. This course is incompatible with ASIA2517 and ASIA6517.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be provided on the Wattle page.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4470 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In-Person and Online View

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