• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Indonesian
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Translation Studies, Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Elly Kent
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This advanced Indonesian course is designed to enhance practical skills in critical textual analysis via translation and interpretation across various linguistic levels, encompassing phrases, sentences, and discourses. Students will delve into a spectrum of pivotal topics within contemporary Indonesian society, spanning socio-cultural and political domains. Through rigorous academic discussions, they will apply their written and spoken Indonesian proficiencies, employing their grasp of translation and interpretation skills through individual and group tasks. These tasks encompass activities such as producing translated and critically interpreted texts, discerning nuanced meanings, addressing translation challenges, and comparing and assessing potential solutions. The course also cultivates the ability to comprehend texts spanning diverse genres and styles, ranging from formal-academic to journalistic, colloquial, and informal variations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Translate Indonesian texts of varying complexity and structural levels (phrases, sentences and larger chunks).
  2. Identify and analyse different features of standard and colloquial written Indonesian.
  3. Demonstrate the capacity to identify and assess a variety of technical and non-technical terms and expressions within Indonesian texts on selected research domains, including a discerning analysis of primary and secondary sources, as applicable.
  4. Create insightful commentaries on the readings of their choice relevant to their research interest, critically pinpointing and addressing central themes in contemporary Indonesian society while also analysing the argumentative structures in primary/secondary sources.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural context and pertinent issues within the targeted research area using oral presentation, discussion, and written assessment tasks.
  6. Integrate linguistic proficiency with cultural and contextual insights to construct compelling arguments and analyses while effectively addressing the focussed issues in standard/academic Indonesian.

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 language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment 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 undertake a language proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Integrity Rule 2021 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may result in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.


Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below the one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In-class tests of translation (2 x 10%) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Take-home assignment: translation + commentary (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Final exam in reading formal and colloquial Indonesian (25) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. Presentation and class performance (30) [LO 2,3,4,5,6]

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


The total workload for this 6-unit course is 130 hours, distributed across approximately 10 hours per week for various activities. This includes a 1 hour lecture and 2 hours of tutorials, with an additional 7 hours dedicated to weekly independent study.

Lectures aim to equip students with background knowledge and linguistic skills relevant to focused topics on contemporary Indonesian society. Additionally, they involve analysing the argumentative structures of textual discourse, including linguistic aspects. Tutorials are specifically designed to offer ample practice to enhance students' reading and translation skills. Moreover, they provide a platform for discussing students' understanding of relevant issues related to contemporary Indonesian society.

Requisite and Incompatibility

This is an advanced Indonesian course. To enrol in this course, students must have successfully completed INDN3002 or INDN3003 or an equivalent course. Alternatively, students may be granted entry based on the results of the Indonesian language proficiency assessment or with the permission of the course convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on wattle. 



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
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8178 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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