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Indonesian Politics and Society (ASIA20005)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeASIA20005
Semester 2
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This unit addresses the politics of modern Indonesia in relation to broader social developments and the changing global context. Students will learn about the evolution of Indonesian politics from the early post-colonial period, through to the authoritarian New Order and the current democratic era. What have been some of the most prominent sources of tensions and contradictions within Indonesian politics? How are they related to broader changes in Indonesian society? How have domestic social and political transformations in Indonesia been intertwined with the changing global political context from the Cold War to the post-Cold War era? How are developments in Indonesian politics and society relevant to the broader region and to Australia?

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound and well-informed understanding of the nature of modern Indonesian politics
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the relationship between social and political transformations, especially those pertaining to Indonesia
  • Critically evaluate how domestic Indonesian politics is intertwined with global political change
  • Appraise the relevance of contemporary issues of Indonesian politics to the broader region and to Australia
  • Communicate knowledge attained in written form and through verbal interactions

Generic skills

  • Have an understanding of the key concepts of interest to the subject.
  • Be conversant with a range of theoretical approaches to understanding these concepts.
  • Analyse the function of these concepts in different cultural settings and compare with one’s own.
  • Evaluate current events through major approaches to social and political analysis.

Last updated: 10 August 2019