AIF146 - Our Northern Neighbour: Understanding Indonesia

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:


Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

From 2025

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Paul Thomas
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: AIF141
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture (recordings provided) per week, 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


Indonesia is one of Australia’s closest neighbours and the fourth most populous nation on earth. Despite obvious cultural differences, Australia and Indonesia share many aspirations and our futures are inevitably inter-dependent. It is hugely important that our nations’ people develop a better understanding of each other. This unit explores the diversity of the Indonesian people across the huge archipelago, including its geography, history, language and culture. Students will develop an understanding of how Indonesia’s long history and its cultural and ethnic diversity has shaped Indonesia’s society today.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify and analyse a range of social and cultural practices of modern Indonesian society

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Evaluate the relationship between Indonesia and Australia in historical and contemporary contexts and explain the complexities of this relationship using a variety of media

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Explain Indonesia's historical development and identify issues of language, culture and/or ethnic diversity that continue to shape Indonesian society today

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Presentation 1200 words
in English
30% Week 5
Assessment 2: Quiz 800 words
in English
20% Week 9
Assessment 3: Essay 2000 words
in English
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIF146
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only. 

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