Theory in Tourism

Course code TOUR4000Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Tourism is a dynamic phenomenon that undergoes and facilitates rapid change in human environments around the world in a number of ways. Keeping pace with tourism poses a number of challenges in understanding human mobilities and the processes involved. This course is designed to develop in students a critical understanding of selected contemporary behavioural, social, economic, political and environmental issues and phenomena that affect, and are affected by, tourism and the industry it supports. Contemporary debates on theory and practice are introduced as focal points of this course within which to contextualise theoretical and applied perspectives of the study of tourism. Students will foster skills in critical thinking, synthesis of theory, articulation of ideas to position real-world issues of a changing world in a theoretical framework.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion to this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the depth of research and scholarship on contemporary issues in tourism.
2. Critically engage with and assess contrasting theoretical viewpoints on tourism.
3. Critically interpret a range of contested issues and their impacts as they relate to tourism
ContentThe topics considered in this course will be developed in consultation between course coordinator/lecturer and students. Major topic areas may include but are not limited to:
1. Sustainable tourism development;
2. globalisation processes;
3. Pacific Rim tourism developments;
4. human resources in tourism and hospitality industries;
5. tourism policy and administration frameworks;
6. tourism marketing and promotion strategies;
7. indigenous tourism;
8. ecotourism and nature based tourism;
9. urban tourism development; and
10.rural tourism development.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBachelor of Business, Bachelor of Social Science or Bachelor of Arts with at least 20 units of Tourism courses.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsA research report that reviews the scholarly literature relevant to a contemporary tourism-related issue covered in this course of approximately 5000-7000 words.
ReportsStudents will choose recently published book that focuses upon tourism or a tourism related topic in consultation with the course coordinator. Students will be expected to critically review this work and write a scholarly book review of approximately 2000 words.
Contact HoursIndividual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for TOUR4000