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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Cultural Foundations of Indonesia

Course Code:
155901308
Unit value:
0.5
Year of study:
Year 2
Taught in:
Term 1
This course will allow the students to gain and improve skills in reading Indonesian texts from a variety of genres, e.g. (speeches, essays, criticism. historiography). It is an introduction to some of the key themes relevant to the study of literature, film, history, gender and language of Indonesia. It will continue to develop written and oral skills of presentation. In particular to learn to differentiate between the use of primary and secondary sources when building arguments and hypotheses. It will develop experience and knowledge of the various Indonesian/Malay bibliographic and other library resources.

Prerequisites

155900448:  Indonesian Language 1 (or equivalent)

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

  1. To gain and improve skills in reading Indonesian texts from a variety of genres, e.g. (speeches, essays, criticism. historiography)
  2. An introduction to some of the key themes relevant to the study of literature, film, history, gender and language of Indonesia.
  3. To continue to develop written and oral skills of presentation. In particular to learn to differentiate between the use of primary and secondary sources when building arguments and hypotheses.
  4. To develop experience and knowledge of the various Indonesian/Malay bibliographic and other library resources.

Workload

A total of 11 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

This course is core for Year 2 of the degree of BA Indonesian / BA Indonesian and another subject.

This course explores the development of the idea of Indonesia as a nation, paying particular attention to the role of language, literature and other cultural forms to the creation of what Anderson has termed the “imagined community.” A different topic will be treated each week to provide students with a firm understanding of how Indonesian nationhood has been constructed, as well as what and who may stand outside of or challenge this conception. Specific topics covered include:

  • Imagining Indonesia
  • Language and nation
  • Literature – Balai Pustaka and early nationalist literature
  • National Ideology – Pancasila
  • The nation under the New Order
  • Gender and nation
  • The Chinese in Indonesia
  • East Timor and Indonesia
  • Islam and nationalism.

Timetable

This is a new course for 2007-08. The term when this course is offered may alter to accommodate staff sabbatical leave. Every effort will be made to forewarn students of any changes.

Method of assessment

One two hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); one 1,500 word essay to be submitted on day 1, week 6, of the term in which the course is taught (15%); one 2,500 word essay to be submitted on day 1, week 1, of the following term (25%) and one class presentation (10%).

Suggested reading

A comprehensive reading list for this course will be supplied by the convenor at the beginning of the course.