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INMS3609: Indonesia's Slow Road to Democracy

This unit is designed for native speakers, near native speakers and advanced learners of Indonesian. It is one of six advanced units offered on a rotating basis which can be taken in any order. Drawing on English and Indonesian language academic publications and other Indonesian language resources, students will engage in research writing and scholarly discussion in Indonesian on Indonesia's political history and democratic transition, beginning with the tragic events of 1965.


Academic unit Indonesian Studies
Unit code INMS3609
Unit name Indonesia's Slow Road to Democracy
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

INMS3301 or INMS3302
INMS3602 or INMS3102
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Thomas Power,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Oral presentation 1
Oral presentation delivered to peers, including Q&A session
15% Week 07 750 words (equivalent)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Assignment Research proposal
Research proposal detailing research question, framework and key sources
10% Week 10
Due date: 14 May 2021 at 23:00
500 words (equivalent)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Presentation Oral presentation 2
Oral presentation delivered to peers, including Q&A session
15% Week 13 750 words (equivalent)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Assignment Research essay
Research essay written in academic Indonesian on student's chosen topic
40% Week 13
Due date: 04 Jun 2021 at 23:00
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Weekly writing task
Short written response to Guest Lecture (summary or critical commentary)
20% Weekly 10 x 100 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4

(a) 10x weekly tasks (equivalent to 1000 words) (20%)

(b) 2x oral presentation (each equivalent to 750 words) (total 30%)

(c) 1x Research proposal (equivalent to 500 words) (10%)

(d) 1x Research essay (equivalent to 1500 words) (40%)

Assessment criteria

Result name

Mark range



High Distinction

85 - 100

Submission meets exceptional academic standards as defined by learning outcomes for this unit.



75 - 84

Submission meets very high academic standards as defined by learning outcomes for this unit.



65 - 74

Submission meets good academic standards as defined by learning outcomes for this unit.



50 - 64

Submission meets satisfactory academic standards as defined by learning outcomes for this unit.



0 - 49

Submission fails to meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.


Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

It is expected that, unless an application for a simple extension or special consideration has been approved, students will submit all assessment for a unit of study on the due date specified. If assessment is completed or submitted within a period of extension, no academic penalty will be applied to that piece of assessment. If an extension is either not sought, not granted or is granted but work is submitted after the extended due date, the late submission of assessment will result in an academic penalty as outlined in section 7A of the Assessment Procedures 2011.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Weekly Seminar Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Guest lecture / equivalent Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Students are expected to attend all classes, unless prevented from doing so due to extenuating circumstances. Classes will be recorded for later review, but this is no substitute for active in-class participation.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

A Unit Reader including weekly readings is available to all students.


Recommended supplementary texts:

- Aspinall & Fealy (eds.), Soeharto’s New Order and its Legacy. ANU Press, 2010.

- Aspinall & Mietzner (eds.), Problems of Democratisation in Indonesia: Elections, Institutions and Society. ISEAS, 2010.

- Power & Warburton (eds.), Democracy in Indonesia: From Stagnation to Regression? ISEAS, 2020.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate a high standard of competence in Indonesian language and the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in a range of registers.
  • LO2. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of Indonesian society and the ability to discuss issues pertaining to history, politics, socio-economics and development articulately and persuasively.
  • LO3. Demonstrate intercultural competence and the ability to work effectively and confidently across diverse groups and linguistic environments.
  • LO4. Demonstrate critical thinking, information and digital literacy, and the ability to exercise ethical judgments.
  • LO5. Effectively apply theoretical insights and empirical knowledge from Indonesian Studies to issues encountered in an interdisciplinary context.
  • LO6. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of Indonesia's modern political history, including social, cultural and institutional aspects, and frame this expertise within the broader field of Asian Studies.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
- Research proposal assessment item has been simplified, with greater flexibility in students' presentation of ideas. - Additional emphasis on interactivity during seminars to enliven online learning environment.


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