• Class Number 4536
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Dr Ying Xin Show
    • Dr Ying Xin Show
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

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.

Required Resources

Readings will be made available on Wattle

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: studying Indonesia and the Malay World through culture and everyday life
2 Ethnic, national and cultural identity
3 Gender and Sexuality
4 Cinema and pop culture
5 Digital culture and new media Guest lecture
6 Literature, art and performance
7 History, memory, heritage Book/Film review due
8 Globalisation, labour and migration
9 Religion and modern life Guest lecture
10 Urban culture and space-making
11 Youth, movements and activism
12 Conclusion and Final project discussion Final project proposal due

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % 1,2,3,4,5
Book or Film Review 15 % 1,2,3,4,5
Tutorial presentation 15 % 1,2,3,4,5
Discussion posts 20 % 1,2,3,4,5
Final Project 40 % 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


The seminar classes are discussion-based, and ideas are shared and gained through peer-to-peer dialogues. Students are expected to participate actively and responsibly in class discussions.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Book or Film Review

Students will select a book (fiction/non-fiction) or a film about Indonesia and/or the Malay World to review. The 800-word review is due after mid-semester break, with the idea that you can enjoy a book/film or two during the break. Recommended titles and some exemplars will be provided, and we will set aside some time in class to discuss how to write a review.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Tutorial presentation

Students will select a week for a 20-minute tutorial presentation. The presentation should include summary and review of the readings and at least three key questions (can include sub-questions) for class discussion.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Discussion posts

After each class, the instructor will create discussion questions and keywords which are drawn from our in-class discussion/debates on weekly topics. Students will write a total of ten short informal reflection posts of 150-200 words each, responding to the questions and/or peers' posts from Week 2 to Week 11. Each post is due Tuesday 5pm.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Project

In this assessment, students will get to choose not just the research topic but the medium in which they can best present their ideas. They can choose to work on either option from below. **Note that the instructor does not favour any particular medium and you should choose what is best for your learning**

(1) Write a research essay of 2500 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography) in which students review current literature on the topic, formulate their own arguments and critically analyse the chosen topic. An essay will be evaluated on the quality of its research component, analysis, structure and format & writing style.

(2) Create an 'Unessay' - a project of any format besides a traditional final paper. It can be an infographic, podcast episode, fictional piece, content video, Wikipedia entry, artwork, meme collage (whatever you want!), followed by a 500-word statement that explains how you went about producing the unessay. An unessay will be evaluated on the quality of its research component, interpretation, communication and creativity.

The essay/unessay is worth 30% of the final grade and is due on 16 Jun, 5pm. In addition to it, students need to bring a 500-word proposal by the last class (Week 12) and exchange it with peers for feedback and discussion. The proposal is worth 10% of the final grade and it should include (for essay): proposed title, research questions, literature review and plan; (for unessay): proposed title, research questions, medium chosen (and why) and plan. Students are encouraged to book an appointment with the instructor after the last class to discuss their proposal further (not compulsory), and they can choose to resubmit (or not) their proposal in Week 13.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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Southeast Asian history and literature, Asian Cultural Studies, Sinophone literature

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