Department of Malay-Indonesian
Course Descriptions


Audio-Visual Malay-Indonesian Language (1), (2)

Studies Malay-Indonesian through the use of audio-visual material. Consists of dictation practice, watching locally-taped videos, and learning situational usage of the Malay-Indonesian language. The course material is relatively easy to understand since it is targeted toward freshman students.

History & Culture of Indonesia
Looks into the cultural characteristics of present-day Indonesia based on an understanding of its history. Accordingly, the course consists of history lectures as a basic backdrop against which to review important Indonesian cultural elements such as ethnic distribution, nature and role of the different ethnic groups, their religions and festivals, marriage customs, dietary customs, art, family institutions, educational system, and language.

Elementary Malay-Indonesian (1), (2)
Studies basic vocabulary and grammar needed to learn Malay-Indonesian. Practices reading comprehension of simple sentences, and lays the foundation for acquiring basic writing and conversation skills. On this basis, the students will engage in composition of longer sentences in the second semester and practice understanding texts from other academic disciplines including languages, literature and regional studies.

Elementary Malay-Indonesian Grammar (1), (2)
Develops good reading comprehension and composition skills through systematic instruction of Malay-Indonesian grammar rules. The course is lecture-based but the students are encouraged to read and find sample sentences from local newspapers and journals that reflect what was learned in class.

Elementary Malay-Indonesian Conversation & Composition (1), (2)
Taught by native-speaking instructors, the course practices both basic everyday conversation and writing. This course and the Elementary Malay-Indonesian share the same class material and are complementary.

History & Culture of Malaysia
Examines the current Malaysian cultural characteristics based on the history of Malaysia. Accordingly, the course consists of history lectures as a basic backdrop against which to review important Indonesian cultural elements such as ethnic distribution, nature and role of the different ethnic groups, their religions and festivals, marriage customs, dietary customs, art, family institutions, educational system, and language.

Literature and Society of Malay-Indonesia
Based on the inseparable correlation between culture and social phenomena, the course examines, citing actual cases, the significance of the literature test in understanding Malay-Indonesian society. Also conducts comparative analysis of the two regions as reflected in their literary works.

History of Malay-Indonesian
Studies the linguistic origin and development process of Malay and the process of its adoption as the national language of Indonesia.

Readings in Malay-Indonesian (in Malay-Indonesian) (1), (2)
The course is an extension of the Elementary Malay-Indonesian course and is focused on enhancing reading comprehension skills using texts excerpted from various fields. Includes frequent presentation assignments to enhance verbal summarization skills of lengthy texts.

Malaysian Religion & Society
Looks into the role of Islam, the dominant Malaysian religion, in the social development and change of Malaysia and Indonesia as a country and as a society. Examines the introduction and establishment of Islam, Islam and its relationship to the state and social system, and the Islamic revival movement.

Intermediate Malay-Indonesian Conversation & Composition (1), (2)
This course is to be taken after completion of Elementary Malay-Indonesian Conversation & Composition. Focuses on developing a proficiency level of Malay-Indonesian that goes beyond every-day conversation to speak about customs and practices and to engage in unencumbered conversation with a native speaker.

History of Malay-Indonesian Literature
Gives an overview of the history of Malay-Indonesian literature with an introduction to the two countries' traditional indigenous literary forms, the characteristics of each literary period and activities, and prominent authors. Provides the foundational knowledge required for taking upper-level courses dealing with each country's modern literature.

Readings in Malay-Indonesian (in Malay-Indonesian)
The course is an extension of the Elementary Malay-Indonesian course and is focused on enhancing reading comprehension skills using texts excerpted from various fields. Includes frequent presentation assignments to enhance verbal summarization skills of lengthy texts.

Malaysian Religion & Society
Looks into the role of Islam, the dominant Malaysian religion, in the social development and change of Malaysia and Indonesia as a country and as a society.
Examines the introduction and establishment of Islam, Islam and its relationship to the state and social system, and the Islamic revival movement.

Intermediate Malay-Indonesian Conversation & Composition (1), (2)
This course is to be taken after completion of Elementary Malay-Indonesian Conversation & Composition. Focuses on developing a proficiency level of Malay-Indonesian that goes beyond every day conversation to speak about customs and practices and to engage in unencumbered conversation with a native speaker.

History of Malay-Indonesian Literature
Gives an overview of the history of Malay-Indonesian literature with an introduction to the two countries' traditional indigenous literary forms, the characteristics of each literary period and activities, and prominent authors. Provides the foundational knowledge required for taking upper-level courses dealing with each country's modern literature.

Practical Malay-Indonesian
Focuses on enhancing listening comprehension skills required for basic communication with Malaysians. Discusses the structural difference between colloquial and written Malaysian. Practice with various audio/visual materials to improve listening comprehension.

Indonesian Religion & Society
Looks into the role of Islam, the dominant Indonesian religion, in the social development and change of Malaysia and Indonesia as a country and as a society. Examines the introduction and establishment of Islam, Islam and its relationship with national and social systems, and Islamic revival movement.

Advanced Malay-Indonesian Conversation & Composition (1), (2)
An advanced-level general education course following the Intermediate Conversation & Composition course. Cultivates free self-expression and includes discussions in Malay-Indonesian on a selected topic.

Malay-Indonesian Current Information
Practices analyzing various mass media texts to understand the recent current events taking place in the Malay world.

Comparative Studies of Malay-Indonesian
Studies the differences between the Malaysian and Indonesian languages.

Indonesian Regional Studies
Consists of comprehensive analysis of Indonesia's political, economic, social, and cultural changes from its independence to the present. Goes beyond teaching just the basic aspects of Indonesian society to explain the origin and development of Indonesian regional studies, and its object of study and methodology, with topical presentations in a seminar-type class environment. Some of the important themes covered are the dual role of the military government and the conflict between politics and Islam.

Indonesian Contemporary Literature
Examines post-(1)9(2)0 Indonesian literature, considered to mark the beginning of its modernism. Introduces sastra assimilatif that had a deep impact on Indonesia's contemporary literature. In this overview-type course, the students discuss prominent authors and their works, and practice critical writing.

Society and Language of Malay-Indonesia
Examines the relationship between language and society in the Malay-Indonesian region.

FLEX Malay-Indonesian
This course comprehensively upgrades the reading, writing, grammar and conversational skills in Malay and Indonesian-majoring students who have completed the elementary and intermediate courses.

Malaysian Regional Studies
Consists of comprehensive analysis of Malaysia's political, economic, social, and cultural changes from its independence to the present. Goes beyond teaching just the basic aspects of Malaysian society to explain the origin and development of Malaysian regional studies, its object of study and methodology, with topical presentations in a seminar-type class environment. Some of the important themes covered are the military government's dual role and the conflict between politics and Islam.

Malaysian Contemporary Literature
Consists of general instruction on Malaysian contemporary literature, with a look at prominent authors by genre and literary period. Stadents practice writing critical commentaries. May include translations of important poetry or short stories. Classes are conducted in a free-discussion style toward the end of the semester.

Business Malay-Indonesian
Studies Malay-Indonesian business communication writing needed in trade and other general commercial transactions and examines practical applications.

Readings in Malay-Indonesian Literature (1), (2)
Focuses on reading comprehension and structural analysis of texts through reading of passages from well-known Malaysian and Indonesian literary works. Attempts to identify the unique Malaysian or Indonesian culture and thought reflected in the characteristics of the writings.

Malay-Indonesian Culture in Malay Language
This course, conducted in Malay-Indonesian with class discussions, primarily studies Malay-Indonesian culture, life style, and mindset.

Practice of Malay-Indonesian Interpretation & Translation
Students learn about and practice basic interpretation and translation of Malay-Indonesian.

Chinese Society in Malaysia
Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of Chinese migration to Malaysia and the important economic and political status of Chinese Malays in that nation. Students will also look at the roles played by the Chinese community in political, economic, and social changes.

Indonesian Politics & Economics
With Indonesia's modern economic history as a backdrop, the course looks into the role of the nation, in particular the government, in the establishment of national capital, the formation and development of economic social classes, the economic growth and distribution, and other changing economic trends. Deals primarily with economic development brought about by Suharto's foreign capital policy and the class conflict over income distribution.

International Relation of Malay-Indonesia
Takes an in-depth look at the international relations of Malaysia and Indonesia with intra-and extra-regional countries. Particularly examines the role and status of these two countries in the process of ASEAN's development and expansion into AFTA, ASEAN PMC, ARF, APEC, and ASEM. Envisions ASEAN's potential to develop into a regional cooperation forum despite possible disputes and its future international status.

Social Linguistics in Malay-Indonesian
Comprehensively surveys various linguistic communities in the Malay world. This subject's goal is to help students more deeply understand the languages and societies and their inter-relations.

Malay Politics & Economics
With Malaysia's modern economic history as a backdrop, the course looks into the role of the nation, in particular the government, in the establishment of national capital, the formation and development of economic social classes, the economic growth and distribution, and other changing economic trends. Deals primarily with New Economic Policy (NEP), National Development Policy (NDP), Mahathir's Vision (2)0(2)0, and other political and economic issues.

Chinese Society in Indonesia
In Malaysia and Indonesia, the Chinese wield much influence not only in terms of population distribution but also politically and economically. The course seeks to shed light on the political, economic, and social role of the Chinese population in Malay-Indonesia by understanding the process of their emigration and settlement, and the conflict and reconciliation with the government and the indigenous community.