Cultural Dimensions of Tourism

Course code LEIS1320Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Examines the cultural dimensions of tourism and, in particular, focuses on two important and inter-related aspects. The first of these relates to the ways in which tourism is implicated in the production and transmission of cultural forms, discourses and practices while the second aspect concerns the impacts that tourism has had, and continues to have, on Western and indigenous cultures.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThe course will have the following objectives:

1. To critically examine a range of theories
which attempt to describe and explain tourism as a cultural phenomenon;

2. To understand tourism's role in theproduction and consumption of culture;

3. To analyse the role that tourism plays in cultural transformation;

4. To develop skills in appropriate methods of
inquiry which assist in the critical understanding of the relationships between tourism and culture.
ContentTourism is critically analysed in terms of its
role in cultural production and reproduction through a critical examination of:

1. Cultural sites such as museums, heritage theme parks, special events and festivals.

2. Other attractions and /or experiences which comprise cultural tourism.

3. Australian Aboriginal cultures within the
Australian tourism industry.

4. Relationships created out of the intersection of Western tourism with non-Western cultures.

5. Issues of social, political, and cultural inequalities in national and international tourism.
Replacing Course(s)LEIS2320 Cultural Dimensions of Tourism.
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed LEIS2320 are not eligible to enrol in LEIS1320.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNot applicable.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassNo.1 (20%) This test will be of one hour duration and will cover the first six weeks of the course. The test will be designed to consolidate student learning by encouraging the early and continuous revision of material covered in lectures, readings and tutorials.
Examination: ClassNo. 2 (20%) This test will be of one hour duration and will cover material presented in weeks 8 to 13. It will take place in class time in week 14.
Essays / Written Assignments(40%) Students will be required to write a 2000 word essay in which they will need to demonstrate their ability to critically engage with the essay question, synthesize and analyse a range of academic material, and construct a logical and theoretically informed argument.
Presentations - Tutorial(20%) Students will be required to facilitate and lead a seminar on a topic chosen from a range of appropriate topics relating to the course objectives. This will involve each student reading widely about the topic,introducing the main theoretical and applied issues associated with the topic and encouraging class discussion and debate.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term