Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the governance of tourism at global, regional, national and local levels. Students are encouraged to consider the role that stakeholders play in relation to tourism policy and planning and tourism's effect on the economy, environment and local communities. Specific areas that are studied include the role of the government in the Australian and international context, the significance of industry-based representative organisations and advocacy groups, tourism as a tool for community development, and the role of events in tourism policy and risk assessment.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Strickland

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites THS2ETI or ECO1IMA or BUS1BUE


Incompatible subjects THS3GBR

Equivalent subjects THS2TPP, THS3GBR

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAust. Public Policy, 3rd. edition.RecommendedFenna, A. (2011).LONGMANS.
ReadingsPublic Policy - the competitive frameworkRecommendedMichael, E. (2006)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate (in oral and written form) an understanding of Australia's governmental structure and the processes for public decision-making in relation to tourism and events

Tutorial participation Exam

02. Apply theories of planning and policy development to tourism and event contexts in written and oral form

Tutorial tests Exam

03. Critically analyse, in essay form, issues in planning and policy-making processes that apply to tourism and events


04. Demonstrate (in written form) how interest groups in democratic systems interact with other social and community groups in the development of tourism and events industry policies and practices

Essay Exam

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Strickland

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Formative Test5 01
Tutorial Team Presentation15 03
Essay: Annotated Bibliography (500 words)10 02, 04
Essay: Final (1500 words)30 02, 03
Final Examination (2 hours)40 01, 02, 03