EcoTourism and Resource Management

Course code TOUR2000Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Ecotourism, an important form of resource use, will be comprehensively introduced with recent developments and possible futures examined. How resources are developed and managed to provide a quality environment for sustained and satisfying experiences of ecotourism in diverse natural settings is the primary focus of the course. The course will also examine international trends and issues related to ecotourism and other forms of nature-based tourism, models of tourism and recreation planning, and ecotourism accreditation systems.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
UoN SingaporeTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Explain key principles that underpin the concept and practice of ecotourism
2. Demonstrate an integrative understanding of ecotourism and associated resource management issues in various settings;
3. Critically examine contemporary ecotourism and resource management issues;
4. Apply current planning and management approaches to ecotourism management
5. Evaluate ecotourism sites and practices sensitive to the diversity of societal needs and opinions
6. Work independently and collaboratively to develop scholarly skills including effective research and the critical evaluation and presentation of information related to tourism in written and oral form
ContentThe topics in this course include but are not limited to the following:
1. Relationships between leisure, outdoor recreation, tourism/ecotourism, and resource management;
2. Ecotourism related motivation, constraint, and behaviour;
3. Ecotourism services and management in urban, rural, and protected areas;
4. Current development in resource planning and management applying to ecotourism;
5. Case studies that demonstrate the social, political and technological forces underpinning recent developments in, and possible futures for ecotourism in developed and developing nations;
6. Trends and issues in the expansion of ecotourism services internationally.
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces LEIS2310.
TransitionThis course is not available to students who have successfully completed LEIS2310.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeTOUR1000, or LEIS1060 or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten Report
Examination: FormalStudents will be required to undertake an examination during the formal examinations period.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionStudents will be required to perform in-class exercises.
Presentations - GroupA group presentation is required at a tutorial to be nominated/allocated.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for TOUR2000