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Discovering Asia HMA101



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


What is ‘Asia’? Where is ‘Asia’? These seem like obvious questions but – as you will learn in this unit – the answers are not so straightforward.

And what does ‘Asia’ mean to the many countries in the Asian region? In this unit, you will explore how the diverse connections within the Asian region and across the whole world (including pre-European Australia) developed during the 17th century’s ‘age of discovery’. You will find out how Asia has long been an exciting and vibrant region in which routes across land and sea connected people of different cultures and religions through trade in important commodities such as silk, sea cucumber, and spices.

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.

“Discovering Asia” also embeds key academic skills such locating and critically analysing sources as well as the necessary theoretical knowledge for thinking about Asia in an informed manner.


Unit name Discovering Asia
Unit code HMA101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Global Cultures and Languages

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 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090309

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Teaching Pattern

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


Short written assignments (1,500 words 50%), Essay preparation assignment (1000 words 20%), Online examination (30%).

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