Examine Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity, as well as Animist and Shamanistic traditions, with a focus on religious pluralism, rituals and festivals/ceremonies, religious conflict and resolution.
Explore the impacts of modernization and development as they relate to ecology and land-use within protected and un-protected areas. Delve into issues of political marginalization and under-representation, participatory development vs. non-participatory development, and conservation -- both ecological and cultural.
Focus Of Inquiry
Study ancient, imperial, and modern politics and the development of market economy; gender and race studies; cultural and environmental preservation; marginalized and dominant cultural communities.
Develop diversified relationships with both urban and traditional communities that have to their natural environments, cultures and political significance to Indonesia.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Pursue self-selected studies of issues that are pertinent to the communities we visit, as well as deep engagement with the Indonesia world of arts (gamelan, shadow-puppetry, street art, yoga, dance) and culture.
Learn Bahasa Indonesian (as well as some Javanese) through introductory lessons (10 hours per week), communication with home-stay families and language immersion throughout the course.
Work with local NGOs on conservation projects and assist families during home-stays. Focus on community service.
Travel by bus, truck, ferry, small boats and dugout canoes, sleeping on bamboo mats on the floor in some home-stays, group camping on wooden platforms in jungle.
Hike through rice paddies and on jungle trails, moderate hikes to the summit of volcanoes, short treks in the jungles of Borneo and Flores on narrow footpaths.