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Sustainable Tourism (TOU221)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Sustainable tourism, which developed from the 1980s concept of sustainable development, incorporates principles which integrate economic imperatives with the maintenance of ecological processes, biological diversity and biophysical resources; equity within and between generations; and the need for compatibility with society, community and cultural values. This unit analyses the management of tourism, events and hospitality development and its relationship to the conservation of natural, social and cultural resources. Participation in field trips on a cost recovery basis may be required.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit, you should be able to:
1. Recognise the complexity of the issues relating to sustainability from the perspective of various stakeholders within the multifaceted tourism industry.
2. Explain the evolution of sustainable tourism and key principles relating to the concept of the triple bottom line.
3. Critically discuss and justify the importance of recognising ethical and values-based considerations on sustainable tourism; and review the Millennium Development Goals from an international tourism perspective.
4. Identify the outcomes and impacts of tourism development; and be able to recommend appropriate visitor and site management strategies to mitigate impacts on the destination.
5. Describe and differentiate the various quality control tools being utilised for sustainable tourism; and be able to critique and develop sustainable tourism indicators applied in tourism practice.
6. Discuss the requirements and processes for strategic sustainable tourism planning and marketing; including developing a strategic marketing plan at the local, regional and national level.
7. Identify and critique the emerging trends and issues that may impact on the future of managing sustainable tourism and the tourism industry in general.
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit is offered via the blended learning approach based on the following formats:
Onshore (MURDOCH): 12 sessions x 2 hours per session workshops
TNE (KAPLAN-SGP): 6 sessions x 4 hours per session workshops
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Through participation in the blended learning approach, you are required to engage in pre-workshop, workshop and post-workshop activities for each of the 12 topics explored in this sustainable tourism learning experience. You are encouraged to engage with the learning resources provided and peer-learning activities throughout the semester / trimester to ensure optimal participation and achievement of learning outcomes. Additionally, the unit learning experience will aim to build upon your academic research skills, team-work and collaboration skills, and critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Other Learning Experiences Occasional field trips
Assessment 1. Participation in workshops and post-workshop forums (15%);
2. Individual Essay (25%);
3. Group field report (30%);
4. Examination (30%)
Prerequisites TOU101 Introduction to Tourism Systems or TOU102 Travel and Tourism in Society or enrolment in graduate studies in Tourism.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed TOU201 may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Hospitality and Tourism Management (BBus) [New in 2014]
Hospitality and Tourism Management (BBus) [New in 2019]
Hospitality and Tourism Management (BCom) [New in 2018]
Tourism and Events (BA)
Tourism and Events (BA) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Tourism and Events
Appears in these Minors Events
Nature Based 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.


Unit Coordinator
Mr Yohei Okamoto
Associate Lecturer in Tourism

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6383
e: Yohei.Okamoto@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.034 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Mr Yohei Okamoto
Associate Lecturer in Tourism

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6383
e: Yohei.Okamoto@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.034 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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