Tourism, Culture and Heritage Management

Course code TOUR2001Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

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 both 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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
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.
ContentAn 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.
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces LEIS1320.
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed LEIS1320 are not eligible to enrol in TOUR2001.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeTOUR1000.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassTwo class tests will be held covering the material taught in weeks 1-6 and weeks 7-13.
Essays / Written AssignmentsCompilation of a major report
Presentations - ClassFacilitation of a class seminar on a cultural tourism case study
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 TOUR2001