• Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Marcus Mietzner
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This course examines Indonesia's foreign and security policy against the background of the country's decades-long, but still unfulfilled quest for a larger global role. As the nation with the fourth-largest population in the world, and as the third-largest democracy, Indonesia rightly aspires to expand its influence and have a greater say in international affairs. But both its foreign policy and its regional and international security policy have often been criticised as insufficient to achieve this goal. What, then, have been the hurdles to Indonesia's development into a key diplomatic and security actor? What have successive Indonesian presidents done to overcome these obstacles and increase Indonesia's international weight? How do Indonesia's neighbours, including Australia, view Indonesia's foreign and security potential, and its limitations? What is the most likely trajectory of Indonesia's foreign and security role in the decades ahead? How has the COVID-19 pandemic, which hit the country hard, influenced this trajectory?

In this course, we will investigate the questions outlined above, and evaluate Indonesia's status in the web of regional powers in the Asia-Pacific region. In doing so, we will also reflect on key theoretical and conceptual questions in regards to the sources of a country's diplomatic and strategic power. Indonesia, with its quickly growing economy but continuously weak military, is a highly suitable case study for investigations into what exactly constitutes political and security influence in today's global security system. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Possess a deep understanding of the historical and conceptual foundations of Indonesian foreign and security policy.
  2. Possess knowledge of key concepts for analysing core issues of foreign and security policy. This will include understanding definitions of, among others, middle and great powers, realism, constructivism and democratic foreign policy.
  3. Apply these concepts in analysing Indonesia's past and current foreign and security policy..
  4. Conduct research independently and effectively, especially by identifying scholarly acceptable sources and materials.
  5. Express themselves clearly and scholarly in verbal and written formats.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Short Paper 1 (1,000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Short Paper 2 (1,000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Research Paper (2,000 words) (30) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  5. Take-home Exam (30) [LO 1,2,4,5]

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This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, including some 24 hours of lectures or an equivalent activity and some 12 hours of tutorials or equivalent activity. The course comprises a maximum of 6k words of assessment or the equivalent.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have successfully completed 48 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

All texts for each week are available on Wattle, but it would be helpful to read Amitav Acharya (2014) Indonesia Matters: Asia's Emerging Democratic Power. Singapore: World Scientific. 

Requisites & incompatibilities: To enrol in this course, you must have successfully completed 48 units of university courses. 

Assumed knowledge, required skills and recommended courses: An introductory knowledge of Asian studies and/or the field of security studies, as indicated by the completion of two introductory courses in relevant areas, is desirable.

Assumed Knowledge

An introductory knowledge of Asian societies, indicated by the completion of two introductory courses in Asian Societies, or two introductory courses in history, politics, security studies or international relations is desirable.




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

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3566 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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