Courses & Units

Professional Placement in Asia HMA353



This unit is suitable for international students and local students. Students must have successfully completed HMA251/351 Volunteering in Asia. Enrolment in this unit is according to selection criteria. Students must submit an application to the Unit Coordinator. Placement can be taken during any semester; dates to be negotiated with the Unit Coordinator.

Further information is available here.


This unit consists of a 4 week placement in a non-government organisation or equivalent in Asia. (Australian based placements in NGOs working on Asian issues will also be considered). Students will extend and build on the knowledge, skills and capabilities that they have acquired in their Asian Studies units. The practical and theoretical knowledge of volunteering gained in Volunteering in Asia will be implemented within the placement. 

The professional placement and project is agreed on in advance through consultation with the academic staff of the School, the student, and the host organisation. Placements can be in any country in Asia although each project must pass a risk assessment. Students will be supervised by the host organisation with the academic supervisor monitoring the placement to ensure that the content, progress and outcomes are of an appropriate standard.


Unit name Professional Placement in Asia
Unit code HMA353
Credit points 25
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
School of Humanities
Discipline Asian Languages & Studies

Dr Jo Ingram

Teaching staff

Dr Jo Ingram

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Summer school Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Winter school Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Spring school Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2016 23/3/2016 11/4/2016 27/5/2016
Semester 2 11/7/2016 10/8/2016 29/8/2016 14/10/2016
Summer school 1/1/2016 11/1/2016 28/1/2016 25/2/2016
Winter school 30/5/2016 8/6/2016 20/6/2016 12/7/2016
Spring school 17/10/2016 3/11/2016 23/11/2016 30/12/2016

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

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2016: $1,564.00 2016: $3,714.00 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.




Teaching Pattern

Placement in a non-government organisation or equivalent in Asia (4 weeks)


HMA253: Portfolio (4,000 words 70%), host organisation assessment (10%), poster presentation at end of placement (20%)

HMA353:Portfolio (4,500 words 70%), host organisation assessment (10%), poster presentation at end of placement (20%)

HMA453:Portfolio (5,000 words 70%), host organisation assessment (10%), poster presentation at end of placement (20%)

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