pol3ips indonesian politics



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country and Australia's closest northern neighbour. Acknowledging the country's strategic importance to Australia's national interest, this subject introduces students to the basic features of Indonesia's political system and its immense socio-cultural diversity. After a succinct historical overview, the unit focuses primarily on contemporary events and developments that are shaping Indonesia's socio-political environment. Particular attention will be paid to various aspects of the country's democratization process, the role of political Islam, and the resurgence of identity politics. A discussion of Indonesia's role in international politics and its relations with Australia will conclude the unit.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDirk Tomsa

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects POL2IPS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDemocratization in post-Suharto IndonesiaRecommendedBuente, Marco and Ufen, Andreas(eds)2008LONDON AND NEW YORK: ROUTLEDGE
ReadingsMilitary Politics, Islam and the State in Indonesia: From Turbulent Transition to Democratic ConsolidationRecommendedMietzner, Marcus 2009SINGAPORE: INSTITUTE OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES
ReadingsPolitical Reform in Indonesia after SoehartoRecommendedCrouch, Harold 2010SINGAPORE: INSTITUTE OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES
ReadingsProblems of Democratisation in Indonesia: Elections, Institutions and SocietyRecommendedAspinall, Edward and Mietzner, Marcus (eds)2010SINGAPORE: INSTITUTE OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Complete written work that demonstrates broad and coherent understanding of a topic related to the subject content through the construction of a well-argued essay.

Essays and exams

02. Orally articulate a broad and coherent understanding of Indonesian politics and society by contributing meaningfully to discussions and debates

Tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates

03. Produce written work that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of a variety of texts that give insights into the characteristics of Indonesian politics and society

group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams

04. Produce written work that shows a broad and coherent understanding of the roles and functions of the most important political actors and institutions in Indonesia as well as the socio-political and socio-economic structures in which they are embedded

group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams

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