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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the INDNB Indonesian Studies; INDNP Indonesian Studies; INDNI Indonesian Studies major sequences
  • Level 3 option in the Asian Studies major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar participation; (2) assignments; and (3) final exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jessica Kruk
Unit rules
Successful completion of
any one level 2 Unit(s) from the School of Social Sciences
or Humanities
ASIA2210 Society and Culture in Indonesia, ASIA2221 Indonesian Politics and Society
Contact hours
lectures: 10 hours
seminars: 2 hours per week for 11 weeks
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.