Online Courses Offered This September 2020

The English Studies Program at Universitas Padjadjaran beginning in September 2020 is offering courses online for credit to undergraduate students of English from other universities. They may also be taken by students of other programs or disciplines at Universitas Padjadjaran or other universities so long as they fulfill the requirements.

Requirements for students of English

  1. Minimum Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 3.30 of 4.00 (or the equivalent)
  2. Having previously taken and satisfactorily passed (at least a C or a 60) a minimum of three (3) credit-hours of an introductory or survey course in literary studies
  3. Approved by the home university

Requirements for students of non-English programs

  1. Minimum Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 3.30 of 4.00 (or the equivalent)
  2. Having previously taken and satisfactorily passed (at least a B or 70) a minimum of second-year courses in their respective disciplines or fields of study
  3. Paper-based TOEFL score of at least 500 or the equivalent
  4. Approved by the home institution

The set of courses as well as the individual courses may also be taken by the general public as an extracurricular activity. Those who complete the set of courses or an individual course will receive a certificate of completion and a transcript of grades.

In general, the courses will be held completely online. Therefore, students must make sure that they have regular, reliable access to the internet.

For further information:

If you are interested in one or more of these courses, please complete the following online survey form



Available in September 2020-February 2021

  • Gender and Representation (3 credit-hours)
  • Critical Theory  (3 credit-hours)
  • Women’s Writing (3 credit-hours)
  • The Politics of Narrative Method (3 credit-hours)
  • Theater and Performance (3 credit-hours)
  • Research Assistantship (credit-hours based on workload approved)

Available in February-July 2021

  • Postcolonial Literature (3 credit hours)
  • Literature and Film (3 credit-hours)
  • Poetry and Contemporary Music (3 credit-hours)
  • Corpus Linguistics for Media Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • Principles and Methods in TEFL (3 crediy-hours)

Course Descriptions

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