LAWS 2017 Indonesia: Law, Governance and Culture 

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Jeremy Kingsley Opens in new window

Description This subject provides students with the opportunity to visit and learn about the legal cultures and systems applied in Australia’s nearest northern neighbour and a gateway to Asia – Indonesia. The Study Tour provides students with an introduction to Indonesia’s rich tapestry of cultural, religious, legal and political issues. This subject is taught intensively, and students will visit an array of law and governance sites from transnational law firms in Jakarta to religious boarding schools in Yogyakarta and sultan’s palaces in Surakarta, which are all pivotal to governance arrangements in Indonesia but in very different ways.

School Law

Discipline Law, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 1003


The subject will not be available for self-select enrolment. Intake in the subject will be restricted to expressions of interest. GPA and progression in the program will be considered, and the pre-requisite must be met. Students must be able to travel to the offshore destination for a specified period of 2 weeks (The dates for the term of offer will be made available to students through the School of Law's regular communication channels).

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this subject, students will be able to: 

  1. Explain the structure and nature of the Indonesian legal system and legal cultures. 
  2. Reflect on the differences in common law and civil law as practiced in Asia. 
  3. Analyse the roles of state and non-state actors and institutions in Indonesian local governance arrangements. 
  4. Evaluate the operations of transnational corporate lawyers and businesses in Indonesia, including their impact on the country's legal, economic, and social systems. 

Subject Content

  • Introduction to Indonesian history and culture.  
  • Overview of Indonesian business systems, corporate governance, and cultures. 
  • Comparative law in practice: Common Law and Civil Law. 
  • Indonesian law and legal practice. 
  • Transnational corporate law and the impact on Indonesian society, legal and business practices. 

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Students must meet any visa and medical requirements to visit Indonesia.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Participation Ongoing 10 N Individual
Reflection 10,000 words 45 N Individual
Case Study 2,500 words 35 N Individual
Presentation 15 minutes 10 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Summer (2023)

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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