Courses & Units

Volunteering in Asia HMA251



This unit is suitable for all students. Although it is a pre-requisite for HMA253/353/453 (Professional Practice in Asia), students are not required to undertake the Professional Placement unitThis unit is offered subject to minimum enrolment numbers


This unit examines the theoretical and political dimensions of volunteering (power relations, development discourses, colonial and postcolonial theory). It covers issues relating to working as a volunteer in Asia through case studies, examples, interactive seminars and presentations. Students will learn about the practical aspects of volunteering - cultural awareness and knowledge, cross cultural communication skills, dealing with culture shock, adapting to different workplace situations, rights and responsibilities of volunteers, negotiating, finding a project, how to make the volunteer experience successful etc.


Unit name Volunteering in Asia
Unit code HMA251
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
School of Humanities
Discipline Asian Languages and Studies

Dr Jo Ingram

Teaching staff

Dr Jo Ingram and guest lecturers

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Spring school (late) On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Intensive Session Jun On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (late) 13/11/2017 23/11/2017 5/12/2017 27/12/2017
Intensive Session Jun 19/6/2017 26/6/2017 2/7/2017 12/7/2017

* 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 090399

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern

Intensive - Hobart:   6 days x 5 hours (Sem 4 and 5)  

Blended intensive - Launceston (Sem5):  2hr introductory session, 3 days x 5hrs workshops plus online lectures and learning activities (approx 10 hours)


Short 2-4 assignments (2000 words maximum) 50%.   Group project and presentation 10%.  Exam 2hr 40%

Please note: Students enrolled in HMA251 will address different essay questions to those set for HMA351
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