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Indonesia is well-known for its cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. Additional social groupings – both mainstream and subaltern – based on class, gender and sexual identities also contribute to the multifaceted character of Indonesia’s social and political landscape. In this subject students will develop their knowledge and understanding of this diversity and how the interplay between local, national and global concepts of self and community impacts on the construction of contemporary Indonesian society. Through discussion and analysis of selected Indonesian academic and literary readings and other sources from electronic and popular media, students will explore the concepts of minority and identity, investigating selected cases that illustrate the construction of ethnic, religious, class, gender and sexual identities. Special attention will be given to the experiences of marginalisation and solidarity experienced by communities in Indonesian. This subject is conducted in Indonesian.
Intended learning outcomes
On the completion of the Subject students should:
- gain familiarity with both the academic and popular language used to discuss issues concerning minority and identity in Indonesian;
- further develop their appreciation of Indonesia’s cultural and social diversity;
- gain an understanding of the historical and contemporary interplay between ethnicity, religion and identity and their role in shaping contemporary Indonesian society;
- be familiar with a constructionist approach to understanding identity;
- be able to analyse and synthesise academic and literary texts in Indonesian.
- acquire sophisticated spoken and written language skills through seminar discussion and essay writing;
- acquire critical reading skills through interpretation of academic and popular texts;
- gain confidence in public speaking through class discussions and presentations.
Last updated: 3 October 2023