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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.

Summary 2020

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



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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.

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