• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

The course will introduce students to life in Indonesian villages. The locations over previous years have included urban low income settlements and mountain villages in Java, and fishing villages in North Halmahera. Each year the location is determined in discussion with our partner university in Indonesia. ANU participants work in team with Indonesian students to explore social issues within the community where they are based. The fieldschool offers valuable experience in cooperating cross-culturally with the Indonesian students. ANU participants will attend an introductory workshop over several weeks in May before travelling to Indonesia to meet up with Indonesian counterparts. After an initial workshop at the Indonesian university participants will live as teams in the Indonesian villages for three weeks, conducting research and development projects there in collaboration with local residents. Living conditions will be basic but comfortable.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to, apply core social science methods during their field based study, by conducting independent social scientific field research;
  2. analyse key elements of Indonesian society and culture, including social, economic and political change, and understand and apply the key issues of participatory development and service learning;
  3. use empirical case examples to explore key concepts, themes and theories from anthropology and other disciplinary areas covered in the course through a first-hand appreciation of living conditions in Indonesian villages;
  4. select, analyse and present field material from their hamlet research;
  5. demonstrate familiarity with basic Indonesian language and social conventions; and
  6. reflect analytically on their personal field school experience in cross-cultural communication and development methodology.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Discussion paper (1000-1500 words) This paper will be prepared by groups of 2-3 students in Australia before departure and will provide an overview of a particular topic of relevance to the field school, such as livelihood, gender relations, decentralisation, religious and ethnic relations, health and environmental change. These papers will be presented to Indonesian students for discussion at the onsite training. (10) [LO 2]
  2. Daily journal recording experiences and insights each day of the field school. This will be checked regularly by supervisor. (10) [LO 3,5]
  3. Field notes providing detailed data from all interviews and participant observation in the village. These will be checked regularly by supervisor (10) [LO 1,3,5]
  4. Reflective essay (1500-2000 words) on personal field school experience in cross-cultural communication and development methodology (20) [LO 6]
  5. Team report (3000 words) prepared for the final meeting with District and University personnel. (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  6. Final report (5000 words) for each village. These will be improved and edited by the ANU students in each team and submitted by August 31. (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Offered as intensive four to five week teaching and fieldwork course in the Autumn session. Six hours of preparatory lectures and workshops at ANU followed by three to four weeks in a research location in Indonesia working in cooperation with local universities and supervised by ANU and local university staff. The cost of the course will be charged directly to students.

Enrolment will be limited to 25 students

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH3014.

You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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