TOURISM AND THE ENVIRONMENT

THS2TEN

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, the nexus between tourism and the environment, both physical and socio-cultural, is examined from economic, ecological, historical, philosophical and socio-cultural perspectives. The relationship between environmentally responsible tourism and sustainable development, in theory and practice, is critically examined. Both Australian and international case studies are used.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Strickland

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects THS3TEN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse the trends affecting the natural environment with particular respect to human and tourism philosophies through a written essay

Activities:
Students are to write a 1500-word essay discussing and evaluating the concepts of tourism and conservation and which is more important. They need to further investigate whether management can balance both outcomes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

02. Apply tourism and visitor management techniques and guidelines across a spectrum of nature-based tourism assets to control and minimise tourism impact and enhance visitor experience

Activities:
Analysing a case study of Uluru during tutorial time, students are asked to identify and evaluate both hard and soft visitor management techniques adopted by the national Park management. They need to further develop their own recommendations to achieve the objective of discouraging tourists from climbing Uluru.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

03. Describe, in writing, some of the major theoretical concepts that are used to analyse the relationship between tourism and the natural environment

Activities:
Students are to participate in a visit to a nature-based tourist attraction, and upon reflection write a 500-word essay applying the theory of managing the 'visitor experience' to their own experience, evaluating those areas which can be managed, and identifying those areas which cannot
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Discuss and orally present the ethical and other key issues that apply to the interaction of tourism and the natural environment in both developed and developing countries

Activities:
In groups of four, students are to give a twenty minute presentation on a relevant tourism in the environment topic, discuss related theory and apply to an appropriate example, identifying current issues.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Recognise and classify a range of environmental tourism concepts demonstrate the process of discerning new patterns

Activities:
Each lecture will focus on a different type of tourism found in the natural environment setting and link theoretical concepts, patterns and issues within that realm
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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