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Indonesia is a unitary state built up from culturally and historically diverse components. In this subject students will examine different ideologies, philosophies and approaches that have been utilised in the move towards unity, including secular nationalism, political Islam, militarism, developmentalism, democraticisation and the rise in consumer culture. Indonesia’s colonial past and its post-colonial experience with the project of nation building will be examined and both the symbols and the pragmatic social-political processes for building national cohesion will be explored. The variety of topics covered is wide and may range, for example, from examining periods of political upheaval and the role of the state and perceived threats to state unity through to the roles of education, language and popular culture in creating a sense of Indonesian-ness. We will also look at the tensions that arise in this ongoing project of nation building, including the phenomenon of regionalism and separatist movements. 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 nationalism and national identity in Indonesian;
- further develop their appreciation of Indonesia’s post-colonial experience;
- gain an understanding of the historical and contemporary forces that work for and against national unity in Indonesia;
- be familiar with a constructionist approach to understanding nationalism;
- be able to analyse and synthesise academic and literary texts in Indonesian;
- gain confidence in pursuing further research on political issues using the Indonesian language.
- 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.
- acquire skill at cross-modal presentation
Last updated: 3 October 2023