2017 Field School Course

Indonesia and Southeast Asia in Cultural Context
(Sociology & Anthropology 312)
Spring and early summer, 2017

2017 Indonesia & Southeast Asia in Cultural Context Students

The 2017 Southeast Asia field school course is SOAN 312, taught by Professor Gareth Barkin. The course focuses on the anthropology of Southeast Asia with an emphasis on Indonesian cultural and environmental topics. Students  attend class throughout the spring semester, and then travel to Central Java, Indonesia, for a three-week period of intensive, experiential learning, cultural socialization, and individual research projects. 

A principal partner of the 2017 program will be ASEAN's Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), ten of whose members from across Indonesia will join the class in Jakarta, and engage in collaborative work with Puget Sound students. The program is also partnered with Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta (UAJY), which will host the program.

More Details About the Course and Trip

  • Focus on culture, history, environment, power, and contemporary social concerns.
  • Topics include colonialism, nationalism, ethnicity, gender, religion, tourism, and environmental challenges / conservation.
  • Built around ethnographic research projects that students develop during the semester followed by data collection abroad.

Course Structure

  • Meets weekly (Wednesdays at 3-5:50pm) during the semester, and may include basic language instruction at the end of class (but will not go past 5:50pm).
  • Course continues in Indonesia at the end of the semester, based at Atma-Jaya University Yogyakarta, for approximately 18 days.
  • Abroad component is required and integral to the course, and students must be able to commit to participating, including paying for their air ticket.


  • Tentative dates of May 19 – June 5 for the Indonesia field portion of the course; subject to change.
  • Locations: Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and Central Java
  • The course is limited to 10 students, required an application and faculty recommendation (see links above).
  • Students who’ve taken SOAN 102/200, and/or INDO 101 preferred, but all qualifications will be considered, and you can make your case on the application essay.
  • Except for the airfare, all expenses will be covered by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Barkin at barkin@pugetsound.edu.

The University of Puget Sound's Southeast Asia programming is made possible with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, via the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE).