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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, notably 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. This subject includes a compulsory 4 day field trip.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHannah Stewart

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorials, field work

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed 150cp


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Sustainable Tourism: A global perspective

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHarris, R. Griffin, T. and Williams, P.




ISBN113817310X, 9781138173101

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Other descriptionN/A

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Ecotourism: Impacts, Potentials and possibilities

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorWearing, S. and Niel, J.




ISBN0750662492, 9780750662499

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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Understand the characteristics of the nature tourism sector and its links to ecotourism and sustainability
02. Apply research skills to collect, organise and critically evaluate relevant tourism material to examine the possibilities and limitations of tourism to address environmental protection and the capacity of tourism to support local communities in developing countries
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

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