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Indonesian 7 (INDO2407, SEM-1, 2017, Crawley)

Faculty of Arts

Social Sciences

Unit Outline

Indonesian 7


SEM-1, 2017

Campus: Crawley

Unit Coordinator: Associate Professor David Bourchier

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Unit details

Unit title Indonesian 7
Unit code INDO2407 Credit points 6
Availability SEM-1, 2017 (27/02/2017 - 24/06/2017)
Location Crawley Mode Face to face

Contact details

Faculty Faculty of Arts
School Social Sciences
School website http://www.ss.arts.uwa.edu.au/
Unit coordinator Associate Professor David Bourchier
Email david.bourchier@uwa.edu.au
Telephone 6488 2074
Consultation hours 11-12pm Wednesdays (But feel free to email or drop in or call 6488 2074 )
Tutors/ Demonstrators/ Facilitators
Unit contact hours

2 hrs per week (except week 4)

Online handbook http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/units/unitdetails?code=INDO2407
Unit website All enrolled students have access to the unit Blackboard site. This will be used for readings, assignments, notices, detailed unit outline and schedule, etc. It is your responsibility as a student to check it regularly.

Unit rules

Prerequisites INDO2406 Indonesian 6 or INDO2206 Indonesian Advanced II
Advisable prior study
Incompatibility INDO3307 Indonesian Specialist I
Approved quota

Unit description

This unit follows on from INDO2406 Indonesian 6 or INDO2206 Indonesian Advanced II and leads to INDO3408 Indonesian 8. It brings students to a sophisticated level of proficiency in both formal and informal Indonesian. It extends students' speaking, reading and writing skills through exposure to contemporary literature, films, academic Indonesian texts and journalism. Students are introduced to the world of Indonesian literature and independent film-making. They read short stories in Indonesian and study a popular Indonesian movie in detail. Students are also expected to achieve a high level of skill in writing through completing an extended academic essay in Indonesian on a contemporary social, cultural or political issue in Indonesia. By doing so, students gain not only a high level of proficiency in reading and writing, but also a detailed knowledge of contemporary problems in Indonesia. Areas covered in the unit include literary, journalistic, academic and colloquial Indonesian including Jakartan slang or 'bahasa gaul'. This unit is designed to enable students to achieve Level 3+ of the International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (Elaine Wylie and D. E. Ingram, Griffith University, 1995).

Learning outcomes

Students are able to (1) perform effectively in situations pertinent to social and community life and everyday commerce and recreation, and generally in most situations pertinent to their own vocational fields—students achieve 'vocational proficiency' (Level 4) as defined by the International Second Language Proficiency Ratings; (2) demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary literature and film and express opinions with a relatively high degree of nuance; (3) read and write academic Indonesian, analyse a social, cultural or political issue using authentic Indonesian source materials and develop the capacity to interpret and perform informal Indonesian; and (4) demonstrate an awareness of the social and political context of literary and cinematic production.

Unit structure

The unit involves two contact hours a week. In the Monday classes you will forcus on a popular Indonesian film. In the Thursday classes the focus is on short stories and authentic materals on Indonesian culture and society. An exposure to Indonesian popular media will provide a valuable window into contemporary language use and contemporary youth culture. Because there are only two contact hours a week in this unit, you will be required to do a considerable amount of work on your own. This includes in-depth preparation for class discussions and other assignments.

You will do a research project using Indonesian language materials, culminating in a 1300 word essay in Indonesian on a contemporary social, cultural or political issue. This will familiarise you with the proliferating popular Indonesian literature and give you experience in using Indonesian source materials. You will be marked not only on the language but also on the quality of the research. Presentations and discussions of your research in class will give you an opportunity to lift your language beyond the level of everyday conversation. Each student will do a 10-15 minute presentation on the topic of their research. This should be presented from notes, not recited verbatim.

An in-depth look at the popular film Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? (What’s up with Cinta?) will provide a valuable window into contemporary (well, nearly) language use and youth culture. The film will also provide a springboard into several issues and debates that we will explore in class. Watching the film while doing exercises in the Ada Apa Dengan Cinta Workbook offers a valuable opportunity to scrutinise particular exchanges in detail.

(See Timetable)

Unit schedule

See Unit Outline for details

Teaching and learning responsibilities

Teaching and learning strategies

Non-contact or home study consists of the following:


1. Preparation for class

It is important that you prepare for class. Look up the words that you don’t know. Take note of words/expressions which you can’t find in the dictionary for discussion in class. Think about the issues raised in your readings. What are your thoughts on it? See ‘Study Program section’. Also, be sure to check Blackboard for further information on weekly exercises.

For the Popular Language classes, mimic the actors in the film. Practice saying the dialogues out loud. Practice reading out loud and memorize them. Be prepared to perform the dialogues/monologues in class.


2. Assignments

The most important assignment for this unit is your Research Project. This involves researching and writing a 1300 word essay in Indonesian. Details below.

Please note that unless otherwise specified, work submitted for assessment should be submitted electronically via the Blackboard website in Word format (i.e. as an attachment) by the specified date (and time!).  Ensure that the document is double spaced and in a font that is easy to read. You must ensure that you keep a copy on your computer.


3. Additional Study and Practice

Take every opportunity to practise your Indonesian and to listen to it being spoken! e.g. Participate in an Indonesian discussion group that (I hope!) will be run by students of Indonesian at UWA in conjunction with the Indonesian Student Society in UWA (INDOSS). Chat with Indonesians online. Make Indonesian friends on Facebook. If you are having trouble with some aspect of the language, let your lecturer know. Keep up to date with science and technology, boybands, fashion, fitness or even FHM in Indonesian via http://www.pressreader.com/catalog/countries/indonesia

Major project

There are three parts to the major project as follows:

  1. Oral presentation. You will each give an oral presentation of 10-15 minutes long on the subject of your semester assignment. Please note that when you present your talk on the subject of your assignment, you will lose marks for simply reading a prepared script. While the object of the written assignment is to develop your formal written Indonesian, your presentation should be more relaxed, intimate, and communicative. Talk to the class, not to your notes! You are also encouraged to use visual props to engage the interest of the class.
  2. Research Project. A 1300 word academic essay in Indonesian to be submitted in electronic form to the LMS website by 11pm on Thursday, Week 12 (26 May). For this assignment you have to choose a topic of your interest in consultation with the lecturer and conduct your own research throughout the semester. This should deal with a contemporary social, cultural or political issue in Indonesia. At least 3 of the written sources you use to research your project should be in Indonesian and they should be of reasonable length. Your lecturer can help direct you to appropriate resources, but have a look first at the web resources below. You will find a wealth of material there because many Indonesian newspapers are available online. Also, don’t forget to use the library and include academic sources in your research. Provide proper referencing.
  3. LMS blog discussion. (See ‘Web Participation’ section)

Good marks in this research project will depend on:

* Quality and range of research

* Critical awareness of the issues you address

* Accuracy and appropriateness of language used, including spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, grammar and syntax

* How well the paper is structured


You will be required to interview (informally) two Indonesians verbally (and possibly make friends in the process!) and write up notes of your interview and your reflections on it. The conversation must be carried out in Indonesian and should last for at least 20 minutes. Both of your participants (interviewees) have to be Indonesians (native speaker of colloquial Indonesian). At least one of your participants should be a student at UWA. If they are about your age, talk to them in a casual manner as if to your friends using colloquial Indonesian. Below are some suggestions for topics that you could talk about:

  • dating, sex & marriage
  • entertainment, popular culture & youth life
  • university life
  • family
  • religion/God
  • living overseas
  • money
  • the future, etc.

Use this opportunity to relate to Indonesians on a more personal basis as individuals. Find out about their lives, what they like, how they think, etc. Let Indonesia become more than a tourist destination and a topic for academic study.!

After you’ve talked to them, make some notes for yourself because you will do a presentation in Week 9 about your interview. Here are some questions to start you off: What did you find out? What are your thoughts or reactions to it? Can you relate to what they said? How does it relate to what you’ve learnt about Indonesia in the past? How does it relate to your views on Indonesia? What were their reactions to your thoughts? What have you learnt through the process?

If you learnt some new gaul expressions, then teach us that too.

Charter of student rights and responsibilities

The Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities sets out the fundamental rights and responsibilities of students and their organisations at The University of Western Australia.

Student Guild contact details

The UWA Student Guild is the peak representative body for all students enrolled at UWA. The Guild Student Assist team (consisting of qualified social workers and counsellors) can provide independent, confidential advice on anything affecting your study, including financial, academic, and welfare matters. The Guild also offers hundreds of events, student clubs, volunteering and leadership opportunities, and member discounts. More information and contact details can be found at www.uwastudentguild.com.

Uses of student feedback


ACE, ISE and CARS are compulsory online modules which all new UWA students must complete. In order to pass a unit you must achieve a mark of 80% or greater in the quiz in each of the three modules. Multiple attempts at the quizzes are allowed. Completion of the units will be recorded as Ungraded Pass (UP) or Ungraded Fail (UF) on your academic record. Students can only access this unit via the Learning Management System (LMS).


Academic Conduct Essentials

Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) is a wholly online self-paced unit which introduces students to the basic issues of ethical scholarship and the expectations of correct academic conduct that the University has of its students. The objective of the unit is to ensure that students understand their responsibilities in relation to ethical scholarship and academic conduct at the University.

The unit is called Academic Conduct Essentials, or ACE for short, and is available through the Learning Management System (LMS) using your Pheme account. Those students required to complete ACE are automatically enrolled in the unit.

Information about ACE is available in the UWA Handbook.

Communication and Research Skills (CARS1000)

All commencing undergraduate students are required to complete CARS1000 within the first 10 weeks of their first semester. CARS1000 is an online, self-paced unit that provides an introduction to the skills needed to find and use information effectively and efficiently, to communicate effectively and to work in teams. Topics covered include how to locate and use library resources, the search process and search strategies, how and why to reference work, evaluating online sources, writing, presenting and working in teams.

To read more about CARS see the UWA Current Students website

Indigenous Studies Essentials (INDG1000)

This unit is a Welcome to Country that introduces students to the shared learning space at The University of Western Australia. This learning space includes both Western and Indigenous knowledge systems. The unit looks at the local, national and global contexts of Indigenous peoples. Students consider where The University is located and share in the Noongar story of the place. They explore Aboriginal people in a national context and Indigenous people globally. Students are introduced to a range of protocols relevant to their professional and disciplinary contexts.

To read more about ISE see the UWA Current Students website.

Information for students with disabilities

The University has a range of support services, equipment and facilities for students with a disability. UniAccess staff are equipped to recommend the best options to enable your participation.

If you would like to receive advice on these services please email uniaccess@uwa.edu.au or visit UniAccess.


Assessment overview

Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) continuous assessment (participation, blogs); (2) assignments (book/film reviews, research project on social political issue); and (3) tests and examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Assessment mechanism

#ComponentWeightDue DateRelates To Outcomes
1Participation and preparation 20%ContinuousDevelop listening, reading and speaking skills.
2Written reflection on short story5%Thursday Week 4Develop writing skills, cultural knowledge
3Film review5%Tuesday Week 9Develop reading and writing skills
4LMS participation5%TBADevelop reading and writing skills
5Mid-semester written test10%Thursday Week 7Develop reading and writing skills
6Research project (Oral presentation)5%Weeks 11 and 12Develop research and speaking skills
7Research Project (1300 word essay)20%Thurs Week 13Develop reading and writing skills
8Interview presentation5%TBADevelop speaking skills, cultural knowledge
9Written exam25%During exam periodDevelop listening (by studying the films), reading and writing skills

Assessment items

Item TitleDescriptionSubmission Procedure for Assignments
Participation in classCome to class prepared, and take partDiscuss in Indonesian in class
Written reflection on short storyDetails in Unit OutlineSubmit via LMS
Film reviewDetails in Unit OutlineSubmit via LMS
Research project (Oral presentation) Give an oral presentation of 10-15 minutes in Indonesian on the subject of your research project.Present in class
Research Project (Written component)Write a 1300 word essay in Indonesian. (Details TBA)Submit via LMS
LMS participation (continuous)Writing about your research project and other exercises. (Details TBA)Post on LMS
Interview presentationPresentation of interviewDiscuss in class
Mid-semester written test(TBA)In-class
Written exam(TBA)(TBA)

Academic literacy and academic misconduct

Be aware that the work you submit must be your own. To pass off work as your own, if you have copied it from someone else (be it a published writer, another person, a TV program, a library anthology, a lecture, a website or whatever) is to deprive yourself of the real benefits of this unit and to be guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism, the unacknowledged quotation of material from other people's work, is a serious offence and a ground for failure. If you take words from other sources (critical articles, background works, etc.) you must quote carefully and accurately, and acknowledge the text you are quoting into inverted commas. Even if you paraphrase, you must still acknowledge the source you are paraphrasing from.


Please refer to the University's policy document for further information.

Advice on how to do proper referencing can be found here.

Appeals against academic assessment

In accordance with the University Policy on Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students, a student may request a review of an academic decision relating to them, and to appeal if they are dissatisfied with the outcome of that review.

The University upholds the principle that students should have the opportunity to review and/or raise appeals against academic decisions without fear of disadvantage and in the knowledge that confidentiality will be respected.

Textbooks and resources

Recommended texts

All materials for this unit are provided via LMS.

Dictionaries and grammar books

 Kamus Indonesia-Inggeris (3rd Ed.), 2001 by John M Echols and Hassan Shadily, PT Gramedia, Jakarta is the cheapest good quality Indonesian-English dictionary. There is also an English-Indonesian volume of this dictionary. There should be some in the bookshop.

The best available Indonesian-English dictionary is Alan M. Stevens and A. Ed. Schmidgall-Tellings, A Comprehensive Indonesian-English Dictionary, Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio, 2010. There is a copy of this in the library (499.221321 2004 COM) and there are copies in the bookshop.  (approx $170)

An excellent reference book for grammar, which also contains exercises, is J.N. Sneddon, (2000), Understanding Indonesian Grammar, A Student’s Reference and Workbook, Allen and Unwin, Sydney

Another very useful book by the same author together with Alexander Adelaar, Dwi Noverini Djenar and Michael Ewing, is Indonesian Reference Grammar (2nd edition) Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2010

There is also a comprehensive Indonesian-Indonesian dictionary worth using, the famous Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, now fully online at http://kbbi.web.id 

Suggested alternate texts

Additional texts


Alan M. Stevens and A. Ed. Schmidgall-Tellings’ A Comprehensive Indonesian-English Dictionary, Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 2004.

John M Echols and Hassan Shadily’s Kamus Indonesia-Inggeris, PT Gramedia, Jakarta (third edition). There is also an English-Indonesian volume of this dictionary.


It is worth checking out also the online Indonesian dictionary at:



Technical requirements

VCD/DVD player (available in the library)

Software requirements

Microsoft Word (available in the library)

Additional resources and reading



Bahasa Kita: Indonesian Language Practical Learning Site for Everybody


This is a fabulous site with lots of articles as well as detailed explanations of formal and informal grammar.


Australian National Library Indonesia site


Huge range of Indonesian media, government and arts sites created and kept up to date by paid experts. Probably the best starting place. Great place to bookmark.




Search the Indonesian press for articles in English or Indonesian with Rollyo as customised by John MacDougall


Jendela Indonesia


One of the dozen-plus Indonesian super-directory sites. Links to newspapers, magazines and journals. Follow links (on right: Film and Music) to a range of music sites, including radio stations where you can listen to what's happening in Indonesia right now. Great for familiarising yourself with Indonesian chat, even if you can't keep up.


Tempo Interaktif


Tempo magazine was Indonesia's premier news weekly until it was banned in 1994. To escape the ban, Tempo went digital. Tempo now publishes a newspaper, a magazine and a popular website.




Republika is one of Indonesia’s best-known Muslim newspapers.


Suara Pembaruan


Suara Pembaruan is a protestant newspaper based in Jakarta. It has a good coverage of the news and has an easy to search, free archive.


Indonesia Publications

One of the oldest online companies that publishes and provides access to a vast array of Indonesia related material in Indonesian and English, most of it about contemporary politics and society, including Islam related topics. Its homepage is at www.indopubs.com. The links on this page take you everywhere you could possibly need to go for this unit!


Google Bahasa Indonesia Interface

This search engine allows you the option of searching only Indonesian sites


One valuable use for this site is to use it to look for examples of how certain words or phrases in Indonesian are used in context.


Inside Indonesia


A quality online newsmagazine produced in Australia. Lots of news and analysis as well as links to other resources.


The Jakarta Post                                                 http://www.thejakartapost.com

The Jakarta Post is Indonesia’s premier English language newspaper.


The Jakarta Globe                        www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/

A newer English language newspaper, often with good articles



Ultimate Indonesian Homepage                          http://indonesia.insan.web.id/

Links from this site lead you to the daily papers Kompas, Republika and Surabaya Post, the weekly newsmagazine Gatra, the official news agency Antara, and news bulletins of the private TV channel RCTI, to name a few.  Check out the cultural pages as well. If the above link does not work, try:  http://indonesia.elga.net.id/


detik.com                                                           http://www.detik.com/

Detik’s (ad-packed) web site is the most popular indonesian website and the most popular news site, followed by vivanews.com (owned by the Bakrie Brothers) and kompas.com.


And, of course, Twitter and Facebook!

There are thousands if not millions of Indonesians out there you can hook up with/ follow or whatever. Bahasa Kita (www.Bahasakita.com) runs a Facebook page and tweets, so this is one place you might want to start! It is managed by Wieke Gur, a Perth based writer/designer/marketing graduate who sometimes comes to UWA. 


Other electronic media: Listen to regular Indonesian language radio reports from:

Radio Australia  http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/indonesian

Radio Nederland http://www2.rnw.nl/rnw/id/

and radio stations in Indonesia e.g. http://www.radiodirectory.com/Stations/Asia/Indonesia/


Click on http://www.radioguide.fm/internet-radio-indonesia/ to listen to heaps of radio stations in Indonesia. Good music, good practice for you!


Watch Indonesian TV stations (RCTI, TransTV, SCTV, MetroTV, GlobalTV) on http://www.mivo.tv/

TVRI (Televisi Republik Indonesia) news is broadcast on SBS Two each day.

Listen to regular Indonesian language radio reports (including podcasts) from:

Radio Australia  http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/indonesian/

Radio Nederland www2.rnw.nl/rnw/id/

and radio stations in Indonesia e.g. www.radiodirectory.com/Stations/Asia/Indonesia/

SBS Radio www.radio.sbs.com.au/ broadcasts in Indonesian (check times) and has a very helpful list of streamed programs at www.radio.sbs.com.au/language.php?news=arts&language=Indonesian and some good podcasts as well.


Other important information

A detailed unit outline and schedule will be available from the unit coordinator and LMS. Students are required to check the unit's LMS site regularly for assignments, supplementary course materials, notices, etc. 

Late Penalty - University Policy on Assessment

Per the University Policy on Assessment, a penalty of 5 per cent of the total mark allocated for the assessment item is deducted per day for the first 7 days (including weekends and public holidays) after which the assigned work is not accepted. Each 24-hour block is recorded from the time the assignment is due. Assessments submitted later than 7 days after the deadline receive a mark of zero, unless an application for mitigation is approved.

For more information please consult the University Policy on Assessment: www.governance.uwa.edu.au/procedures/policies/university-policy-on-assessment