Introduction to Tourism

Course code LEIS1060Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

This course introduces students to tourism, the tourism industry and tourism systems.It aims to encourage students to develop an understanding of the structure, functioning and control of the tourism industry, within national and international contexts, and in so doing enable students to better understand the connection between tourism and the broader economic, physical and social environments within which it is located.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn completion of this course, it is expected that students will have acquired:
1. A basic understanding of the tourism phenomenon including concepts, terminology, historical perspectives, travel patterns and trends;
2. An understanding of the structures, functions and operations of firms, industry organisations and government bodies which comprise the Australian tourism industry;
3. A basic understanding of the interactions between tourism and the environments in which it operates;
4. An understanding of the relationship between tourism, culture and society;
5. Exposure to the tourism literature and the skills needed to seek information such as travel statistics, economic data, trend data, and the results of relevant travel research.
ContentThis interdisciplinary course will consider such issues as:
1. The historical and social contexts of tourism and travel.
2. Tourists and tourism demand and supply.
3. The tourism industry and the tourism system.
4. Tourist flows and destinations.
5. Tourist attractions
6. Transport and accommodation
*Marketing and the tourism product
*Tourism policy and the roles and responsibilities of different levels of government
Replacing Course(s)This course will not impact on courses offered by other Faculties/school's.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThere is no assumed knowledge for this course.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 essays worth 40% each. These essays will require students to demonstrate their understanding of the tourism industry and of relevant theoretical perspectives, and their ability to analyse a particular tourism issue in terms of these theories.
Presentations - Individual20% Current Issue in Tourism Exercise. This exercise will require students to demonstrate an ability to identify and select a current tourism issue from the media. They are to identify the major themes associated with this issue and then discuss these in the context of the relevant academic literature.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term