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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Indonesian Studies


Dr Paul Thomas



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit will introduce students to the centrality of religion to everyday life in the Malay World. It explores religious influences on contemporary cultural and political institutions and the diversity of interactions between the major faiths of the region. The unit will discuss topics such as the historical origins of religions in the archipelago; the translation of religious ideas and literature; religious themes in popular culture including film, theatre, and music; and the religious elements of traditional cultural practice.


After successfully completing the unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify key features of religious practice in the Malay World;
  2. describe the manner in which religious ideas have entered and spread through the region;
  3. discuss the relationship between contemporary culture and religion;
  4. describe and assess the various ways in which people have sought to understand religion in the Malay World;
  5. use specific case studies to evaluate the influence of specific religious bodies or organisations on contemporary cultural life.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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