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.
Availability2020 Course Timetables
Newcastle City Precinct
- Semester 1 - 2020
On successful completion of the 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.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Effectively communicate a critical understanding of the relationships between culture, heritage, tourism and sustainability;
- Identify and apply a range of theories which describe and explain tourism as a cultural phenomenon;
- Analyse the role that tourism plays in the production and consumption of culture through global case studies;
- Evaluate the positive and negative impacts of tourism on cultures and communities;
- Identify and analyse current issues in the development and management of cultural and heritage tourism products;
- Demonstrate professional skills in tourism management through the analysis, evaluation and synthesis of academic research with field observations.
LEIS1000 Leisure Behaviour and Organisation or TOUR2003 Global Tourism Management
In Term Test: In class test
Presentation: Tutorial Presentation - Case Study of a Cultural Tourism Form
Report: Report - Analysis and Evaluation of a Cultural Tourism Attraction
Formal Examination: Examination
Newcastle City Precinct
Integrated Learning Session
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.