Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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


The 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.

Assumed knowledge

TOUR1000, or LEIS1060 or equivalent.

Assessment items

Report: Written Report

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

Presentation: Group presentation

Formal Examination: Final examination