Program Details

Coursework in this program focuses on the connections between religion, the fine arts and performing arts, and social organization in Bali. Coursework puts the experience of being in Bali in an historical context, especially with regard to its special his
Location:
Jakarta, Indonesia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
This program takes students on a tour through the history of Indonesia as seen through the lens of the major religions, societies, and art forms of Java and Bali. By learning with respected masters in their field, students discover how religion, society, and the arts have developed side-by-side on each island. Coursework explores the ancient roots of Javanese and Balinese culture and the history of the republican movement that led to the formation of modern Indonesia. Students also analyze current debates on the future of Balinese culture and society in relation to global pressures such as increased development and international tourism. The program’s Field Study Seminar provides instruction on conducting field work in new cultural and physical terrains.

Coursework in this program focuses on the connections between religion, the fine arts and performing arts, and social organization in Bali. Coursework puts the experience of being in Bali in an historical context, especially with regard to its special history as an island that was brought under the influence of Dutch colonialism very late (1846 for North Bali, 1909 for South Bali), and never lost its unique form of Hinduism. Through a combination of thematic seminars, language study, field studies, and educational excursions the program introduces students to the historical, political, and economic circumstances that condition everyday life in Bali and Indonesia. Coursework also aims to assist students in understanding the very different set of personal and social points of orientation that are in the background of Balinese life, but serve as determining factors in their sense of self and society. These include the relationship between the self and the geophysical world, social relationships, and the relationship to the calendar that determines rituals, an important part of Balinese life. Students examine the ways in which the arts fit into these patterns. Students explore the deeply seated Balinese notion of a constant interplay between physical/visible reality, and a metaphysical/non-visible world of energies that is believed to exist alongside the visible world, and to condition the visible world in ways that often require ritual or healing interventions.

Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses.
Setting Description:
Students in this program examine the close relationship between religion, fine arts, performing arts, and social organization in contemporary Bali. Students discover the dynamic ways in which Balinese traditional arts are changing, especially in urban settings, in response to the pressures of globalization and increased Balinese engagement with global networks.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Please see our website for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 1 Reviews

  • Living experientially: appreciation, gratitude, and living in the moment
    5.0
    09/12/16

    Readings nicely accompanied the excursions and other experiences we had in the program. Our instructors encouraged us to connect what we were reading with what we were seeing. However, the assignments we turned in were based more on observations and less

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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