oed2snt sustainable nature tourism




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students are introduced to the role of nature tourism within the tourism industry and the sustainability issues facing this sector; particularly the social and environmental impacts of nature tourism. Using case studies from Australia and developing countries students analyse the ways in which sustainable tourism can be achieved, noteably through the development of the special interest sector of ecotourism, but also more widely through mass tourism to natural areas. On a field trip, students critically examine the role tourism can play in environmental protection. Students develop practical skills in planning and developing sustainable nature tourism programs. These focus on providing quality interpretation together with aspects of safety management.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHannah Stewart

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed 150cp


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEcotourism: Impacts, Potentials and possibilitiesRecommendedWearing, S. and Niel, J.BUTTERWORTH-HEINEMAN, 1999
ReadingsSustainable Tourism: A global perspectiveRecommendedHarris, R. Griffin, T. and Williams, P.BUTTERWORTH-HEINEMAN, 2003

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand the characteristics of the nature tourism sector and its links to ecotourism and sustainability

Lectures, tutorials, field work

02. Apply research skills to collect, organise and critically evaluate relevant tourism material to examine (a) the possibilities and limitations of tourism to address environmental protection and (b) the capacity of tourism to support local communities in developing countries

Lectures, tutorials

03. Apply interpretation principles to creatively present a seminar and lead a group discussion


04. Plan and design a Nature Tour that critically incorporates sustainability concepts

Lectures, tutorials, field work

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHannah Stewart

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 31 - 43
One 4.0 days field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 32
One 1.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 32 and delivered via face-to-face.

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

LectureWeek: 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.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 1,500-word assignmentThird-year students will be expected to display a higher level of discipline specific skills in their written work than second-year students.3002
one 2,000-word assignmentIn order to pass this subject, students must attend the 4-day field trip, as well as gain an overall mark of at least 50%5001, 02, 04
one 20-minute tutorial presentation2002, 03