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Reading Indonesian Texts (1516)


Admission requirements

Successful completion of Indonesian Language 4 (5482K2INE) or an equivalent level of language knowledge (Listening B2, Reading B2, Spoken Interaction B1, Spoken Production B2 and Writing B2). Please, contact the student advisor or Dr. Suryadi, if you are interested in taking this course, but do NOT fulfill the abovementioned requirement.


The course Indonesian 5 is a seminar with weekly discussion on
various aspects of Indonesia. The teaching materials for this course will be taken from
Indonesian books, newspapers, magazines, the internet and other sources.
Eight weekly meetings will take the form of Indonesian-language group
discussions on topical issues, such as history, politics, economy, music,
dance, culinary culture, fashion, or religion. A particular topic will be discussed every week, for which the students should submit a minimum 500 words summary written in Indonesian based on the reading materials provided by the tutors. The four remaining weekly meetings will be devoted to individual research projects carried out by the students. Every participant should write an abstract in Indonesian on a selected topic dealing with Indonesian culture, politics, society, arts, religion, history, etc., and give a presentation about his/her project to the class. The abstract should be uploaded on blackboard before the oral presentation takes place.

Course objectives

  • To train the students in articulating complex thoughts in spoken and written
    Indonesian (aiming to reach level C1 for listening and reading according to the
    Language Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference)

  • To improve the students’ ability to comprehend written and spoken Indonesian
    discourse (aiming to reach level C2 for spoken interaction, spoken production,
    and writing according to the Language Levels of the Common European
    Framework of Reference)

  • To broaden and deepen the students’ cultural (political, social, historical, etc.) knowledge of and scholarly insight about Indonesia.



Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and participation are obligatory. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load • Seminar: 2 hours per week: 2 × 13 = 26 hours • Readings: 10 hours per week: 10 × 13 = 130 hours • Term paper: 62 hours for each: 62 × 2 = 124 hours

Total study load – 280 hours

Assessment method

  1. Weekly summaries (eight in all) written in Indonesian of the readings materials (35% of final grade).
    1. Active participation in the class discussions and individual oral class presentation in Indonesian (25% of final grade)
    2. A 3,000-word essay written in Indonesian on a selected topic which has been presented during the last 5 class meetings (40% of final grade). The final version of the essay must be submitted online on or before the determined submission date (in the examination period).

In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of “5.50” (=6) or higher. A new version of the final paper (40%) may be written if the overall mark for the course or the paper is “5.49” (=5) or lower. If students take this option, they must choose an alternative topic. They will not be permitted to resubmit the same essay. The deadline for this version will be determined in consultation.

The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.


Blackboard plays a vital role in this course. Students are advised to check the course blackboard site regularly for study materials and information.

Reading list

The reading materials will be provided by the tutors and the weekly topics will be informed on blackboard.


Students are required to register through uSis. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.

Interested students from the MA Asian Studies need to contact the secretariat by e-mail clearly giving the course code and their student ID number to get registered for this course.

Not being registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registration procedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

(Studeren à la carte is not possible for this course.)


Dhr Dr. Suryadi


Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on “plagiarism and academic integrity”: Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).