The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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, and articulation of ideas to position real-world issues of a changing world in a theoretical framework.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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


The topics considered in this course will be developed in consultation between course coordinator/lecturer and students. Major topic areas include:

1. Critical perspectives on the development of tourism theory

2. Conceptual and theoretical principles of tourism studies

3. Tourism and its potential as a social force

4. Frameworks for researching the tourism phenomenon

5. Tourism destination: Development, management and marketing


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business (Honours) or Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) programs.

Assumed knowledge

Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Social Science or Bachelor of Arts with at least 20 units of Tourism courses.

Assessment items

Essay: Written Assignment

Report: Research Report

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term


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