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Sustainable Tourism Development (Asian Study Tour) (TOU310)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: ASP1-internal (quota of 10 places)
Description Sustainable Tourism Development (Asian Study Tour) is an intensive, five-week unit which includes a two-week study tour to Japan. It is designed for students in tourism, community development, international aid and development and sustainable development. It explores the economic, social-cultural, community and environmental impacts of tourism destinations on local communities and stakeholders. Students will apply theoretical concepts and preliminary research to presentations to local community and stakeholders at the host destination.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Discuss the nature of tourism destinations with reference to principles and underpinning theories relevant to sustainable tourism development.
2. Identify the demands of contemporary tourism on host destinations. Provide a discussion on the demands placed on tourism destinations, local communities and stakeholders within concerns related to economic, social-cultural, community and environmental impacts.
3. Examine the role of sustainable development and strategic destination management for balancing tourism demand, community stakeholders and destination development planning needs.
4. Conduct academic and industry-based research, and be able apply knowledge to recommend appropriate sustainable tourism development initiatives for the host destination and its stakeholders.
5. Build a professional consultative team with project management skills to work collaboratively and effectively as a team. This includes efficient management and implementation of key project milestones and deliverables.
6. Produce a sustainable tourism development plan for the host destination stakeholder(s) that reflects their needs and expectations, and its deliverability.
7. Demonstrate successful cross-cultural communications skills and develop working relationships with local communities and stakeholders in a culturally appropriate manner.
Timetabled Learning Activities The programme will consist of a total of 36 workshop hours as follows:
· Week 1 and 2: 3x3 hour workshops per week (18 Hours). Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
· Week 3 and 4 (in country - Japan): Daily one-hour workshops (10 hours). Monday-Friday.
· Week 5: 4x2 hour workshops (8 hours). Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
and overseas field experience; Presentations to stakeholders.
Unit Learning Experiences This is a five-week winter semester program.
· Intensive Workshops: (Perth) 2 weeks pre-trip; 1 week post trip.
· In-country experience: (2018: in Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan) 2 weeks
This unit combines timetabled learning workshops with an International study tour, which includes a strong self study and peer-learning component. It uses the 'flipped classroom' blended learning approach; and is supported by presentations from invited speakers from external experts, industry stakeholders, and governmental and non governmental organisations to further underscore the unit's focus on applicable, practical knowledge. Students will also be engaged in academic and industry-based research activities to develop their research skills and competencies in applying knowledge and concepts learnt to real-world issues in sustainable tourism development.

This unit requires students to work in groups of five to prepare a sustainable tourism development plan in collaboration with the selected in-country community stakeholder(s).
· Intensive Workshops: (Perth) 2 weeks pre-trip; 1 week post trip.
See timetabled activities below.
· In country experience: (Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan)
· This will include basic Japanese language and cultural enrichment programmes, as well as site visits to tourism destinations and/or attractions in Sapporo and its surrounds. Students will have the opportunity to learn from local tourism operators, industry speakers and guest lecturers in Sapporo, Hokkaido. They will also have the opportunity to engage and collaborate on peer-learning activities with local Japanese students.
There will also be a field learning experience programme with local community and stakeholders at the selected regional destinations in Hokkaido. Students will have the opportunity to engage in discussions with representatives from community, industry and Government.
Other Learning Experiences LMS communication and engagement; Text review; Research and report writing. In country experience.
Assessment Pre-trip:
1. Interim Report - Group Project Plan and Charter - 10%
2. Group: In-country Presentation and Consultation with Stakeholders - 20%
3. Group: Final Report and presentation - 50%
4. Individual: Workshop Participation/blog and Team-based Activities - 20%
Prerequisites Completion of 24 points of study; GPA 2 and above; or interview with Academic Chair.
Notes The unit is run on a New Colombo Plan Grant (NCP) and there are 5 places funded. The funded places will be awarded based on the NCP criteria; All eligible students may apply, where they are prepared to pay for costs of the field-trip (self-funded or International funding opportunities), up to a total 10 will be accepted, due to logistical limitations of the overseas tour.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Logistical limitations of the overseas tour. Completion of 24 part 1 units. GPA >2 and permission of the Academic Chair.
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Tourism and Events (BA) [New in 2014]
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