Courses & Units

Discovering Asia HMA101

Hobart, Launceston


Hurdle requirement - students must pass an in-class test on the map of Asia.


This unit introduces you to the study of the broad physical, historical, cultural, political environments of Asia. You will learn about how Asia has long been an exciting and vibrant region in which routes across land and sea connected people of different cultures and key religions through trade in important commodities such as silk, sea cucumber, and spices.
And, as goods travelled across Asia, so, too, did beliefs and cultures. In this unit, you will also develop an understanding of the key religion and belief systems that have not only shaped Asia in the past but continue to be influential today. You will explore how Asia has been thought of in the West and begin to develop the necessary theoretical skills for thinking about Asia in an informed manner.


Unit name Discovering Asia
Unit code HMA101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
School of Humanities
Discipline Asian Languages and Studies

Dr Kaz Ross

Teaching staff

Dr Kaz Ross, guest lecturers

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,903.00 090309

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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

2 x 50mins lecture weekly (video-conferenced), 1 x 50mins tutorial weekly


Short written assignments and class work totaling 1,000 words (40%), 1 x 1000 word annotated bibliography and essay plan (20%), 2 hour examination (40%)

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