Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces and contextualises the phenomenon of tourism within the broader social, cultural, economic and natural environments. It provides a historical overview of the development of tourism, describes the tourism industry and its constituent sectors, presents theories of tourism motivation and tourist behaviour, and outlines different types of tourism and their impacts on the various environments within which it operates. The course engages with the principles of sustainability as they apply to tourism management and planning, and critically examines issues relating to sustainable tourism development.

Availability2022 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain key concepts and terminology that underpin the phenomenon of tourism and the field of tourism studies

2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of sustainability as they apply to tourism at both a micro and macro level

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the relationships between tourism and the environments in which it operates, and the connection this has to contemporary issues in sustainable tourism development

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the primary structures, functions and operations of industry and government bodies which comprise the tourism system nationally and internationally

5. Work autonomously 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 the following:

1. Historical development of tourism

2. Tourists and tourism demand and supply

3. Impacts of tourism

4. The tourism system

5. Tourist flows and destination marketing

6. Tourism products and attractions

7. Tourism Industry sectors

8. Mass tourism and sustainable alternatives

9. Introduction to tourism policy and planning


This course replaces TOUR1000. If you have successfully completed TOUR1000, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Research Exercise (20%)

Essay: Essay (40%)

Project: Group Research Project (40%)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

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

Students are required 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.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.