Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney emphasises the importance of providing a rounded education, drawing on its extensive links with Indonesia and the Indonesian community in Australia. It produces graduates with strong language skills, transferrable academic skills, and substantial country knowledge.
The discipline caters for undergraduates with a range of language backgrounds, including beginners, school leavers, and background speakers of Indonesian. Indonesian can be taken as a major in a variety of degree programs, or as elective for as little as one semester. Undergraduates in a faculty other than the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who wish to do more Indonesian Studies units of study than their degree can accommodate can take the equivalent of a full major through the Diploma of Language Studies. The diploma is also available to graduates of any university in any discipline.
An Indonesian major will provide students with the skills required to use Indonesian in a variety of settings, and to conduct research using Indonesian language. Study of Indonesian politics, history, and culture are integrated into all levels of study. Students learn about the impact of Indonesia’s complex archipelagic geography on its peoples and cultures in a context where colonisation and modernity are merely the most recent of many waves of foreign influence. Advanced learners and background speakers study key aspects of modern Indonesian society through thematic seminars taught in the Indonesian language medium.
The Indonesian Studies major and minor are available via the pathways indicated below.
Students will follow the appropriate pathway specified in the unit of study tables, based on their individual language level*. Students completing any of the pathways below will be awarded a major or minor in Indonesian Studies.
* Appropriate language units are determined either by language level and grade therein achieved in Higher School Certificate (as listed in the pathways linked above) or International Baccalaureate, and/or by one-on-one interviews prior to commencement. If you are unsure of your language level or which pathway is appropriate for you, please contact the Discipline for advice.
Please note: A ‘gap’ year after Year 12 does not normally affect placement.
Requirements and units of study for advanced coursework can be found on the advanced coursework units of study page.
Students who do well in their pass degrees often choose to take an additional honours year.
During an honours year, students conduct in-depth research to produce an 18,000-20,000 word thesis written in English on a chosen topic, drawing on Indonesian and English language resources and primary research. An honours project may involve a fieldwork component, which greatly enhances the Honours experience.
Admission to honours is via the Bachelor of Advanced Studies or Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and requires the completion of a major in Indonesian Studies with an average of 70% or above.
Prior to commencing honours, you will need to ensure you have completed all other requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or other bachelor degree, including Open Learning Environment (OLE) units and, where undertaking the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, a second major.
Requirements and units of study for honours can be found on the Indonesian Studies honours units of study page.
More information and current contact details for academic coordinators can be found on the Indonesian Studies page.