Neoliberalism within psychology higher education in Indonesia: A critical analysis

Mulya, Teguh Wijaya (2016) Neoliberalism within psychology higher education in Indonesia: A critical analysis. ANIMA Indonesian Psychological Journal, 32 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 0215 - 0158

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Critical scholars have demonstrated the ways in which neoliberalism has increasingly become a dominant organising principle in current global political, economic, and social practices, including in higher education. This article aims to explore how and to what extent neo-liberal discourses have operated in a specific context, namely, in psychology higher educa-tion in Indonesia. To this end, the author examined policy documents published by relevant authorities such as AP2TPI, Dirjen DIKTI, and BAN-PT; and reflect on how those policies were enacted in the author’s 10-year experience as a psychology lecturer in a university in Indonesia. The results show that neoliberal discourses such as standardisation, competi-tiveness, and market orientation have underpinned the policies, curricula, and practices of psychology higher education in Indonesia. The author argues that such discourses (re)pro-duce psychology students, graduates, and lecturers who are competitive, result-oriented, and market-driven. Consequently, democratic, humane, and organic ways of learning and practicing psychology have given way to more mechanistic, standardised, and box-ticking approaches to human behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: neoliberalism, psychology, higher education, Indonesia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Psychology > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Teguh Wijaya Mulya205905
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 04:27
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2018 04:27

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