Tourism Policy and Planning

Course code LEIS3150Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Critically examines tourism planning as a process and as a set of techniques for sustainable tourism development. It focuses on the physical environment of tourism planning, and the social, cultural and political realities of tourism planning and policy making. Public and private sector roles are evaluated, as well as the nature of, and parameters and constraints relating to, tourism development in specific settings. Additional aims of the course are to develop an understanding of tourism policy-making processes, and to gain skills both in the evaluation of tourism plans and policies and in the development of strategic tourism plans.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn the successful completion of this course, it is anticipated that students will have a demonstrated ability to:

1. define and explain key concepts and issues concerning tourism planning, tourism public policy and tourism management;

2. critically evaluate several important tourism planning approaches and models;

3. identify key stakeholders involved in tourism planning and policy-making, with particular reference to a variety of Australian settings;

4. understand and assess government and industry roles and responsibilities in tourism planning and policy-making; and

5. critically analyse and evaluate tourism planning and policy issues;
ContentThe course comprises three main modules or sections. The first module describes and explains the broader context of tourism planning and policy-making in developed and developing countries, but with a particular emphasis on Australia. Attention is given to the institutional arrangements for tourism and the role of the state, the extent and nature of tourism growth and development, and the nature of tourism planning and policy-making in Australia. The second module critically examines the strategic planning process as a means of public and private sector tourism organisations investigating, understanding and coping with dynamic, complex planning environments. The third module examines tourism planning and policy-making in natural, rural and urban environments.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLEIS 1060 (Introduction to Tourism) and 60 units at 2000 level in Leisure Studies or Business courses or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOPTION 1: Item 2: Study Portfolio (3000 words) 60%.
OPTION 2: Item 2: Study Portfolio (3000 words) 60%.
Examination: FormalOPTION 2: Item 1: 3 Hour Examination, short answer and essay questions, 2000 words, 40%.
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesOPTION 1: Item 1: Major Assignment: Tourism Planning and Policy Case Study (2000 words) 40%
(Students choose either Option 1 or 2)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term