SIT Study Abroad: Indonesia - Arts, Religion, and Social Change

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Examine the important roles played by Indonesia's arts and six officially recognized religions in shaping sociocultural discourses in Bali and Java.This program, based in Bali, blends contemporary culture and politics with rich cultural traditions... read more

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February 11, 2020 Indonesia
I learned how to cope with stress, how to give up on plans and go with the flow, and how to connect with someone from a wildly different culture. It was entirely worthwhile. - Cornell College View Entire Review
So very much. A completely different perspective on the world from the SE Asian vantage point, learning first hand about the problematic nature of post-colonialism and tourism, wonderful friends, teachers and contacts and a love of this part of the world that I didn't really know existed. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Indonesia - Arts, Religion, and Social Change
I became a calmer, less worried, less frantic, more patient, more loving, more open, happier person because of my experience abroad. I learned to treat everything in life as a learning experience and to approach things and people without expectations or reservations. - Yale University View Entire Review
Self-awareness and friends. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
In a country rapidly westernizing, I learned that people with less concern for objects have happier lifestyles. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I learned a great deal about overcoming personal adversity, as well as about the wonderful archipelago of Indonesia, especially beautiful Bali and Java and the wonderful people who made me feel welcome there. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how resilient and independent I can be. I had never traveled that far by myself, and I ended up being okay! I learned so much about a culture I had never experienced, and grew in so many different ways. - Amherst College View Entire Review
Past Review Glo Bal Ism
new perspective, more self-direction and confidence - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned to check my privilege and to get outside of what I deemed my comfort zone - Austin College View Entire Review

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Examine the important roles played by Indonesia's arts and six officially recognized religions in shaping sociocultural discourses in Bali and Java.

This program, based in Bali, blends contemporary culture and politics with rich cultural traditions in the arts and religion. You will examine the arts and religions of Indonesia, as well as the socio-religious and other current issues the country faces, including those related to land, water, ethnic identity, and the environment, especially as they relate to the tourism industry in Bali. You will be immersed in the traditions and contemporary interpretations of Hindu and Islamic religious and cultural practices in the context of political transformation and tourism development.

Major topics of study include:

- The dynamic ways in which Balinese traditional arts, social networks, and the environment are changing, in conjunction with the opportunities and pressures of globalization
- Current debates on the future of Balinese culture and society in relation to global pressures such as increased development and international tourism
- The ancient roots of Javanese and Balinese culture and the history of the republican movement that led to the formation of modern Indonesia
- How religion, society, and the arts have developed side by side on each island

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Asian Studies
  • Architecture History, Architectural Criticism
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Indonesian/Malay Languages, Literature
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