• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Major code INDN-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Academic Contact Dr Elly Kent

This major develops students' ability to communicate in a culturally and socially appropriate manner in Indonesian—the national language of Australia's close neighbour, and a language with well over 200 million speakers. The major emphasises the importance of cultural as well as linguistic fluency from the introductory level onwards and stresses the functional and situational use of the language in everyday life. Not only will students be able to converse on topics of relevance and interest to Indonesian speakers, but they will be able to read and write the language as it appears in the media and in literature.

Students in this minor are encouraged to study Indonesian through immersive programs, which can be done through intensive study in the summer or winter breaks. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students.

Studying Indonesian

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognise and produce the full set of standard Indonesian phonemes and use patterns of stress and intonation.
  2. Recognise and produce phrase and sentence structures that enable them to converse and write extended passages on a wide range of non-technical topics, and to read a range of authentic print media texts with sparing use of a dictionary.
  3. Use an active vocabulary of around 2500 words.
  4. Converse and write on a wide range of everyday topics as well as in contexts such as discussion of marriage laws, forest conservation, urbanisation, language politics, and economic disparity.
  5. Demonstrate a cultural understanding of Indonesian perceptions or practices regarding such topics as: de facto relationships, punishment for drug offences, internal migration, language prestige and language choice, and working abroad.

Other Information

Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take 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 take a 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 results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.

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

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

6 units from the completion of the following course:

INDN3003 - Indonesian 6 (6 units)

A minimum of 30 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

INDN1002 - Indonesian 1 (6 units)

INDN1003 - Indonesian 2 (6 units)

INDN2002 - Indonesian 3 (6 units)

INDN2003 - Indonesian 4 (6 units)

INDN3002 - Indonesian 5 (6 units)

INDN3015 - Advanced Indonesian: Translation into English (6 units)

INDN2525 - Learning Language Locally: Indonesia (12 units)

LING2110 - Indonesian and Interdisciplinary Linguistics (L) (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

ASIA2098 - Asian and Pacific Studies Internship (12 units)

ASIA2100 - Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

ASIA2103 - Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

ASIA3108 - Research Topics in Asian and Pacific Languages (L) (6 units)*

TETM1002 - Tetum 1 (6 units)

TETM1003 - Tetum 2 (6 units)

*The course is offered in semester 1 and 2 each year. Students may enrol in this course code up to 4 times, under different topics of Indonesian to be included in this major. Enrolment in this course is subject to the availability and agreement of an appropriate supervisor. It is a requirement that students confirm the approval of the potential supervisor before enrolling in the course.

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
INDN3003 Indonesian 6 6
  INDN 3013: Advanced Indonesian B

A minimum of 36 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
  ASIA 3006: Prac Assign in Asia Pacific
INDN1002 Indonesian 1 6
INDN1003 Indonesian 2 6
  INDN 1005: Indonesian 1A: In-Country
  INDN 1006: Indonesian 1B: In-Country
INDN2002 Indonesian 3 6
INDN2003 Indonesian 4 6
  INDN 2004: Indonesian 2A: In-Country
  INDN 2006: Indonesian 2B: In-Country
INDN3002 Indonesian 5 6
  INDN 3012: Advanced Indonesian A
  ASIA 2108: Popular Cultures in Indonesia
  INDN 2101: Linguistic Aspects-Indonesian
  INDN 2108: Pop Cultures in Indonesia (L)
  INDN 3004: Readings in SEA Culture
  INDN 3005: Adv Readings in SEA Cult
  INDN 3007: Intro SEAsian Performing Arts
INDN3015 Indonesian in Contemporary Society 6
  INDN 3107: Intro SEAsian Performing Arts
  JAVA 2005: Mod Javanese A
  JAVA 3005: Mod Javanese B
TETM1002 Tetum 1 6
TETM1003 Tetum 2 6
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