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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to allow Level 1 students who have achieved a high level of spoken and written Indonesian through study in school or elsewhere to study Indonesian at UWA. As an unattached elective, this unit does not provide the first step of a pathway to a major in Indonesian. The unit aims to help students to achieve 'social proficiency' in Indonesian or Level 2+ of the International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (Elaine Wylie and D. E. Ingram, Griffith University, 1995).

Students explore social, cultural and political issues, both prescribed and of their own choice. This is done through exposure to a wide range of authentic, contemporary Indonesian language material, including fiction, newspapers, radio and TV/film. Students are required to use internet resources to keep themselves up-to-date on the social and political changes taking place in Indonesian society. They develop reading, writing and translation skills in official, colloquial and literary styles. They also participate in conversation classes and are exposed to a variety of recorded material. In addition, they work on language development (structure and grammar), both in a prescribed way and also in response to questions about the texts.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) read and understand varied authentic language materials in a variety of Indonesian language styles—students achieve 'basic vocational proficiency' (Level 3) as defined by the International Second Language Proficiency Ratings; (2) engage in discussions about Indonesian culture and society using appropriate social conventions and attempting the subtleties of body language used in Indonesian cultural contexts through role-plays, conversations and presentations; (3) display a comprehension of contemporary linguistic conventions and adjust their speech to the appropriate register including informal Indonesian; and (4) translate academic Indonesian texts on Indonesian society and culture into English; write academic essays in Indonesian about a range of topics including literature; and demonstrate an ability to write letters and social media posts.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) essay; and (3) tests. 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 Theresia Seputro
Unit rules
Level 2 of the International Second Language Proficiency Ratings or equivalent
INDO3305 Indonesian Advanced I
or INDO2405 Indonesian 5
or INDO3405 Indonesian 5
Contact hours
typically 2 hours per week
This unit is not designed for native speakers of Indonesian and Malay. Access to the unit for students with some background in Indonesian or Malay is at the discretion of the Faculty. Students are advised to speak first to the unit coordinator.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.