Courses Available for Non-Unpad Students and the General Public

We are happy to announce that there has been great interest from students from various programs at Universitas Padjadjaran and other universities in the online courses which the English Studies Program is offering this semester. We must underline the fact that these courses are those offered on a regular basis to the students of the English Studies Program at Universitas Padjadjaran, and are a part of our curriculum.

Those individuals who have shown interest in these courses are invited to register here. Registrants are to be reminded of the following:

  • These courses are part of the undergraduate English Studies Program curriculum.
  • Participants will be taking the courses together with registered students of the English Studies Program, who are taking the courses for credit as a part of their formal studies.
  • The courses will last the whole semester from the first week of September 2020 to the end of December 2020 before the year-end holidays.
  • The results of the course will be announced in January 2021.
  • Universitas Padjadjaran has decided to waive fees for these courses this inaugural semester. (The courses are available to take free of charge.)
  • The instruction and materials in the courses will be in English.
  • Should you miss a synchronous/real-time meeting, a video recording of the meeting will be available so that you will be able to do related follow-up activities.
  • Materials and activities for the courses will available at, where participants will be able to access at the times convenient for them while synchronous real-time class meetings will be held via Google Meet, whose links will be provided.
  • Successful participants will be awarded certificates of completion signed by a relevant Universitas Padjadjaran official.
  • Successful completion of the courses will be determined based on the participants’ performance as stipulated by the syllabus of each particular course.
  • Participants may opt to be graded on their performance in the courses, or to audit (sit-in) the courses ungraded.
  • Quotas stated in the Course Description below apply to graded participation, including the participation of registered students of the English Studies Program.
  • Acceptance for graded participation is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Participants are in general bound to the prevailing rules and regulations on academic conduct in force at Universitas Padjadjaran.

To register for these courses, interested individuals must complete the REGISTRATION FORM and provide digital copies of the required documents. Click HERE to formally register.


Gender and Representation

Wednesdays, 12:30 pm-2:10 pm (Jakarta/Bangkok Time GMT -7)

Intructor: Prof. Aquarini Priyatna, M.A., M.Hum., Ph.D.; author of Staging a Life: New Forms of Celebrity Auto/Biography and Femininity (2019), Gender dan Konstruksi Ibu/Gender and the Construction of Motherhood (2019), Kajian Budaya Feminis/ Feminist Cultural Studies (2018), Becoming White: Representasi Ras, Kelas, Femininitas dan Globalitas dalam Iklan Sabun (2013), and others.


This course explores the various issues of gender, sexuality and sexual identity, and the political significance in human life. The course will introduce students to the fundamental theoretical concepts and frameworks about gender and sexuality to serve as the analytical tool to critique how those issues are represented in text, media, and everyday practice.

Quota: 30 participants

Critical Theory

Fridays, 3:30 pm-5:10 pm (Jakarta/Bangkok Time GMT -7)

Instructor: Dr. Ari J. Adipurwawidjana, M.A.; author of Meneroka Wacana Poskolonial/Clearing Space for Postcolonial Discourse (2019) and other pieces.


This course is intended to introduce students to 

  1. the idea of critical, literary, and cultural theories; 
  2. the discourse surrounding them about their necessity, relevance, significance, and/or redundancy; and 
  3. the various critical theories and practices in circulation in our contemporary academic discourse as well as the problems and problematics attached to them. 

Rather than departing from the different theories separately, we will look into particular critical issues and terms and see how various texts define and respond to them.

This course will require participants to produce a critical piece of writing.

This course may serve as the foundation of the other courses.

Watch the introductory video to the course at

Quota: 35 participants

Women’s Writing

Tuesdays, 7:30 am-9:10 am (Jakarta/Bangkok Time GMT -7)

Instructor: Lestari Manggong, M.A.; author of Menulis di Periferi: Marjinalitas dalam Karya Fiksi dan Non-Fiksi Penulis Asia, Eropa, dan Amerika/Writing at the Periferies: Marginality in Fiction and Non-Fiction by Asian, European, and American Writers (2018) and other pieces.


In this course, we will explore alternative ways of writing by referring to the basic philosophy, main features, development, and varieties of writing in English by women from the works of 19th-century proto-feminists such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Kate Chopin, first-world feminists (second-wave feminists), to third-world-feminists. In the process of experimenting with our own ways of writing, we will discuss the influence of écriture féminine on writing in general in the effort to liberate one’s self from the Eurocentric patriarchal writing tradition, involving such issues as writing and the body as well as queer writing. This course will involve discussions with contemporary established writers. This course will require participants to produce creative work.

Quota: 30 participants

The Politics of Narrative Method

Thursdays, 9:20 am-11:00 am( Jakarta/Bangkok Time GMT -7)

Instructor: Dr. Ari J. Adipurwawidjana, M.A.


In this course we will explore and investigate how the workings of the narrative form and its structural qualities correlate with certain ideological frameworks. In other words, we will inquire whether and how class, colonial, ethnic, racial, gender, sexual, and environmental issues manifest in texts of narrative fiction, particularly the novel genre. We will refer to narratological aspects of those texts to see how time, order, duration, perspective, focalization, distance, levels of narration, and narratorial speech act are similar and different from one ideological standpoint to another. Thus, this course does not merely deal what the texts represent but also more importantly how the texts represent them.

Quota: 30 participants

Theater and Performance

Wednesdays, 3:30 pm-5:10 pm (Jakarta/Bangkok Time GMT -7)

Instructor: Dr. Ari J. Adipurwawidjana, M.A.


This course explores the idea and practice of performance, both in the general sense and in the context of theater and drama. This course will explore the ways human bodies are enmeshed into biotic and electronic systems as well as the kinds of considerations that must be taken into account in presenting a performance online. These explorations will be carried out not only through discussions but also, in fact dominantly, through practice. Through practice, students will learn to be acquainted with their own bodies, their bodies’ potentials and limitations, and the relationship between their bodies and the space (natural and social) which they inhabit. Students will learn to manage their bodies and the surrounding space. Ultimately, students will be trained to not only to know their bodies but also know with their bodies. While the final outcome of this course will be an online theatrical staging of performance, the course aims at the students’ ability to manage and control their physical potentials and limitations to respond effectively and accommodate the demands of various settings and situations of everyday life.

Quota: 35 participants