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Arts, Religion, and Social Change
Bedulu, Indonesia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Fact Sheet:
Mininum GPA: 2.5 Class Status: 02-Sophomore, 03-Junior, 04-Senior
Academic Areas:
Art History, Arts, Asian Studies, Communication, Gender and Women's Studies, Geography, Graphic Design, International Studies, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Sociology
Language of Instruction:
English
Program Description:

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

students with music teacherThis program, based in Bali, blends contemporary culture and politics with rich cultural traditions in the arts and religion. The program integrates students in the lives of urban and rural residents and immerses them 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, especially in urban settings, 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