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Travel and Tourism in Society (TOU102)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description In this unit students will 'experience' the world of travel and tourism through the writings of travellers, through the work of social researchers and through their own travel experiences. The main focus of this unit will be the human dimension of tourism, the motivation to travel, the experience of travel and impacts on host communities. At least one field trip will be an important activity during the semester.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Understand basic theoretical concepts and themes in the study of travel and tourism, especially from a social science perspective.
2. Apply concepts from tourism to one or more specific and current situations: to your own experience of tourism or being a tourist; and to an understanding of the 'host' experience, what it is like to live in a tourist destination area.
3. Understand the travel experience and what it means to be a tourist in a historical context.
4. Have an overview of the contemporary situation with regard to travel and tourism in the Global context.
5. Practice the 'sociological imagination' and question the 'taken-for- granted', to view the social, including especially tourism, not as a given but as a problematic, not as a 'problem' but as a puzzle.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 12 sessions X 2 hours
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit takes a blended learning approach which requires weekly workshop participation and online learning and engagement of all students. Accordingly, the unit is based on the following four key components:
1. Pre-workshop activities, 2. Workshop activities, 3. Post-workshop activities and 4.
All workshops activities will broadly follow the online lecturers on LMS and 'Essential' resources that are available on My Unit Readings for each topic.
As this is a 3-credit point unit, we expect you to spend on average 10-11 hours per week for the duration of the semester or trimester of this teaching period (or 150 hours overall) working on this unit. This includes the time you use to prepare for and reflect on the workshops (i.e., pre and post workshop activities), attending the workshops and working on your assignments.
Other Learning Experiences Self directed field trip.
Assessment 1. Travel writing review; 1000 words; 25%
2. Ethnographer's analytical essay (field trip) Other appendices (such as the field journal), may be included and do not count in the word limit; 1500 words; 30%
3. Engagement in Blended Learning 15%
4. Final exam; 90 minutes; 30%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed TOU102 Introduction to Travel and Tourism may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Tourism and Events (BA)
Tourism and Events (BA) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Tourism and Events
Appears in these Minors Tourism
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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