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INMS3610: Dealing with Indonesia's Diversity

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

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 on Indonesia's complex and diverse cultural heritage and contemporary cultural practice.

Unit details and rules

Unit code INMS3610
Academic unit Indonesian Studies
Credit points 6
INMS3602 or INMS3102
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Thomas Power,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Spoken test
Oral presentation delivered to peers, including Q&A session
15% Week 07 Equivalent to 750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO3 LO2
Assignment Essay portfolio
Research proposal incl. research question, brief summary and key sources
10% Week 09
Due date: 15 Oct 2021 at 23:55
500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO2
Assignment Research essay
Research essay written in academic Indonesian on chosen topic
40% Week 12
Due date: 05 Nov 2021 at 23:55
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation Spoken test
Oral presentation delivered to peers, including Q&A session
15% Week 13 Equivalent to 750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO3 LO2
Assignment Weekly tasks
Short response to Guest Lecture
20% Weekly 1000wds total equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4

Assessment summary

(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

Assessment grading



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.



Knowledge of content: -/100

Clarity of argument and evidence: -/100

Structure of essay: -/100

Vocabulary range and accuracy: -/100

Grammatical accuracy: -/100

Presentation (spelling & other typographical errors): -/100

Referencing: -/100



Presentation style: structure, creativity, engagement: -/100

Thematic engagement: -/100

Demonstrated knowledge of course content: -/100

Level of fluency during presentation: -/100

Vocabulary range and accuracy: -/100

Grammatical accuracy: -/100

Intonation and pronunciation: -/100

Responses to questions / requests for clarification: -/100

Addressing questions to peers: -/100

For more information see guide to grades.

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.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Weekly Seminar Block teaching (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Guest lecture or 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

As contained within UoS Reader. Please complete prescribed set of readings for each week.

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 Indonesian diversity, including social, cultural, geographic and historical 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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

- Increased emphasis on in-class speaking practice. - Updating of learning materials.


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