Tourism and Cultural Heritage

Course code TOUR2001
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


Culture and heritage are intricately connected to the appeal of tourist destinations. In this course we examine the relationship between culture, heritage and contemporary tourism, exploring the phenomenon of cultural tourism from a demand and supply perspective. In examining the cultural dimensions of tourism we focus on two important and interrelated aspects. The first relates to the role that tourism plays in the production and transmission of cultural forms and practices; the second concerns the impacts of tourism on Western and Indigenous cultures.

The course is underpinned by a multidisciplinary perspective and explores key theoretical concepts such as power, globalisation, authenticity, commodification, interpretation and representation. Students are introduced to various case studies of culturally informed special interest tourism to examine these concepts. Drawing on a range of examples from Australia and around the world, this course provides a critical examination of contemporary issues in cultural and heritage tourism management, focusing in particular on culturally sustainable principles and practices.

Through the assessment tasks, you will apply critical thinking to current practices in cultural and heritage tourism management, and gain experience in researching and documenting cultural tourism experiences and cultural tourism sites.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationships between culture, heritage and tourism;

2. Critically discuss a range of theories which describe and explain tourism as a cultural phenomenon;

3. Analyse the role that tourism plays in the production and consumption of culture;

4. Evaluate both the positive and negative impacts of tourism on cultures and communities;

5. Identify current issues in the development and management of cultural and heritage tourism products;

6. Describe cultural and heritage tourism policy, planning and management issues;

7. Explain cultural sustainability and sustainable tourism principles and practices;

8. Demonstrate professional skills in cultural and heritage tourism management through the analysis, evaluation and synthesis of academic research with field observations.


An in-depth understanding of the relationships between culture and heritage and contemporary tourism, both within Australia and internationally, is provided through a critical examination of:

  1. The sites, attractions and experiences which comprise cultural and heritage tourism;
  2. Theoretical perspectives that explain the role that tourism plays in the production, consumption and transformation of culture;
  3. The cultural interactions and impacts that emerge from host-guest relationships, and the relationships that are created out of the intersection of western and non-western tourism cultures;
  4. Indigenous cultural tourism, with a focus on Indigenous cultures within the Australian tourism industry;
  5. Issues relating to the representation of culture and heritage in tourism media, and the interpretation of culture and heritage in the tourism experience.
  6. Policy and planning for cultural and heritage tourism, and sustainable tourism management.

Assumed Knowledge


Assessment Items

In Term Test: Class Examination 1

In Term Test: Class Examination 2

Presentation: Tutorial Presentation - Case Study of a Cultural Tourism Form

Report: Report - Analysis and Evaluation of a Cultural Tourism Attraction

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks