Courses & Units

Political and Social Change in Contemporary Indonesia HMN218

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


This unit introduces you to the basic features of Indonesia's political system and the country's immense socio-cultural diversity. You will first analyse the implications of the Dutch colonialism for the post 1945 Indonesia and examine conditions which precipitated violent regime changes in the 1960s and 1990s. Then, you will focus on contemporary events and developments that continue to shape the political and social landscape of Indonesia. Specifically, you will examine various aspects of the country's ongoing democratisation process, regionalism, the revival of political Islam, and the resurgence of identity politics. You will also scrutinise the role of media and women, and Indonesia's international relations. The written assessment tasks are designed to develop your analytical and communication skills utilising multidisciplinary perspective. Acknowledging the country's strategic importance to Australia, you will also have opportunities to investigate aspects of this country which could affect Australia's national interests.


Unit name Political and Social Change in Contemporary Indonesia
Unit code HMN218
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
School of Humanities
Discipline Asian Languages and Studies
Teaching staff

Dr T Tanasaldy - unit coordinator. Phone: (03) 6226 2295 Email:

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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  • HMA101 and HMA102 for students majoring in HMA; 25% at level 100 in Arts for others


Teaching Pattern

Face-to-face, videolink, 13 x 1.5 hour lecture, 13 x 1.5 hour tutorial


HMN218: Online quizzes 30%, Research and Presentation (10%), Research Essay 2000-word (30%), 2-hour exam (30%)

HMN318: Online quizzes 30%, Research and Presentation (10%), Research Essay 2500-word (30%), 2-hour exam (30%)

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