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A Journey Across Indonesia

$142 Limited inc GST / $128
A Journey Across Indonesia

<p>Indonesia is the most culturally diverse nation on the planet and its national motto had to be <em>Unity in Diversity</em>. Ian Burnet will take you on a journey across Indonesia to learn how the

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Indonesia is the most culturally diverse nation on the planet and its national motto had to be Unity in Diversity. Ian Burnet will take you on a journey across Indonesia to learn how the early Austronesian or Malay people settled the archipelago and the influences of the Indian, Chinese, Arab and European traders who came to these islands in search of gold, spices and sandalwood. These influences on the national identity are drawn together in helping to understand this fascinating country.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Across Java and Bali, the Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism have influenced Java since the 7th century, to be followed by the spread of Islam on Java in the 15th century.
  • Across Komodo and Flores, the early Austronesian settlers on these islands practised their traditional customs outside the influence of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam seen on Java.
  • Across Solor and Timor, Portuguese priests and traders brought Christianity to these islands of the eastern archipelago in the 16th century.
  • Sailing to the Spice Islands, it was spices said to be worth their weight in gold that brought Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and English explorers and traders to these islands in the eastern archipelago in the16th century driving ‘The Age of Discovery’ and the formation of the United Dutch East India Company (VOC).


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the Austronesian traditions of the early settlers of these islands.
  2. Understand the influence of the Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism on Java and Bali.
  3. Understand how Islam spread across Java and other islands.
  4. Understand how Christianity was brought to the eastern archipelago by Portuguese priests.
  5. Understand the influence of the United Dutch East India Company on the history of Indonesia