Cultural Foundations of Indonesia
- Course Code:
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2
- Taught in:
- Term 1
Prerequisites155900448: Indonesian Language 1 (or equivalent)
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
- To gain and improve skills in reading Indonesian texts from a variety of genres, e.g. (speeches, essays, criticism. historiography)
- An introduction to some of the key themes relevant to the study of literature, film, history, gender and language of Indonesia.
- 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.
- To develop experience and knowledge of the various Indonesian/Malay bibliographic and other library resources.
WorkloadA 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.
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.