UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ASIA3001 Indonesian Politics and Culture

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the INDNB Indonesian; INDNP Indonesian; INDNI Indonesian major sequences
  • Level 3 option in the Asian Studies major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit explores the dynamics of Indonesian social and cultural change, using an approach that integrates historical, political and anthropological perspectives. It does so by first exploring the diversity of human ecologies in Indonesia, both urban and rural, then by focusing on the often dramatic social and political history of post-Independence Indonesia, and finally by discussing key social issues in contemporary Indonesia, including ethnonationalism, separatism, youth culture, corruption, poverty and social justice. Special attention is given to the social and political dynamics that led to the fall of the Soeharto regime and to the extraordinary democratic transformation since 1998. Students are introduced to key theoretical problems and debates concerning multiculturalism, religious syncretism and urbanisation.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key themes in contemporary Indonesian society and culture; (2) evaluate theoretical debates about culture and society in general and Indonesian culture and society in particular; (3) demonstrate understanding of how culture influences politics and how social structures and politics influences culture; demonstrate knowledge of debates surrounding Islam and politics in Indonesia; (4) analyse specific issues in contemporary Indonesian society; (5) appreciate the need for, as well as practise, ethical sensitivity towards Indonesia, its people and its problems; (6) undertake independent research utilising a variety of sources; and (7) communicate critical thoughts and findings in well-developed arguments, both oral and written.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a short assignment; (2) tutorial participation; (3) research essay; and (4) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor David Bourchier
Unit rules
Prerequisites: any Level 2 ASIA unit or two Level 2 INDO units
Incompatibility: ASIA2210 Society and Culture in Indonesia, ASIA2221 Indonesian Politics and Society
Contact hours lectures: 20 hours; tutorials: 9 hours
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ASIA3001/SEM-1/2017

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