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Coursework in this program focuses on the connections between contemporary Indonesian society, politics, and economy with the historical traditions apparent in everyday life—urban, village, or rural. Coursework offers historical context for Bali, especially regarding the late influence of Dutch colonialism, and Bali’s unique form of Hinduism. Through thematic seminars, language study, field studies, and educational excursions, the program introduces students to the historical, political, and economic (tourism, oil, international investment, and agriculture) conditions of everyday life in Bali, Java, and Indonesia.
Coursework also aims to assist students in understanding the personal and social orientations in the background of Balinese life. These include the relationship between the self and the geophysical world, social relationships, and the relationship to the calendar that determines rituals, an important part of Balinese life.
Students examine how the arts fit into these patterns. They explore the deep-seated Balinese notion of constant interplay between physical/visible reality and a metaphysical/non-visible world of energies, an interplay that often requires ritual or healing interventions.
Institutions the program works with include:
The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term. The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.
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