Courses & Units

Contemporary Asian Issues HMA221


In this unit, you will analyse selected contemporary issues affecting Asian countries and societies. Examples of such issues are democratisation, ethnic and religious relations, conflicts, human rights, population growth, environment degradation, position of women, and economic development. Specifically, you will examine sources of the issues, explore how they have developed, and assess their potential effects on the rest of the region and Australia. You will have opportunities to use theoretical concepts to examine other similar cases within the region. The assessment tasks are interlinked and designed to develop your analytical, communication, and creative skills. You will also be encouraged to develop a multidisciplinary perspective.


Unit name Contemporary Asian Issues
Unit code HMA221
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
School of Humanities
Discipline Asian Languages and Studies
Teaching staff


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


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  • HMA101 and HMA102 for students majoring in Asian Studies;
    25 points at Intro level in Faculty of Arts units for others

Mutual Exclusions

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

  • HMA246, HMA346


Teaching Pattern

1x 1.5hr lecture weekly; 1 x 50min tutorial weekly


Tutorial-related Task (20%), Short written assignment (15%), Research essay (30%), 2-hour exam (35%)

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