Courses & Units

Volunteering in Asia HMA251


This unit is suitable for all students. Although it is a pre-requisite for Professional Placement in Asia (HMA253/353/453), students are not required to undertake the Professional Placement unit. This 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 College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Global Cultures and Languages

Dr Jo Ingram

Teaching staff

Dr Jo Ingram and guest lecturers

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


This unit is currently unavailable.


Please check that your computer meets the minimum System Requirements if you are attending via Distance/Off-Campus.

Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.

Special approval is required for enrolment into TNE Program units.

TNE Program units special approval requirements.

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

About Census Dates



Band Field of Education
1 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/college.


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.

TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



The University reserves the right to amend or remove courses and unit availabilities, as appropriate.