- Class Number 5617
- Term Code 2940
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Daniel Connell
- Dr Daniel Connell
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 10/06/2019
- Class End Date 29/07/2019
- Census Date 21/06/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 17/06/2019
Tourism is a large, resource intensive industry of interest to applied researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines. Eco-cultural tourism, much of it based on World Heritage sites and national parks, is the fastest growing tourism sector. As one of the main arenas for contact between cultures and with other species, tourism's extreme focus on pleasure, often in circumstances of stark inequality, raises difficult ethical questions. In twenty of the poorest 48 nations tourism is either the first or second earner of foreign income and the World Tourism Council argues that it is a powerful force for alleviating world poverty. What pre-conditions are needed for that to be true? Who benefits and who pays the costs from major tourism development projects? Does tourism change the way in which the host communities see themselves? What are the long term impacts resulting from the interaction of different cultures? Where do World Heritage sites and national parks fit in the mix? How does tourism affect Indigenous peoples living in World Heritage designated regions? Are there tensions between tourism and mining, agriculture and urban and coastal development? What are the challenges for the social welfare, education and health sectors? Does tourism promote corruption? How successful are certification programs in promoting sustainability and socially responsible behaviour? What should be the role of governments? These and similar questions will be investigated through a seminar based workshop in a location such as Cairns, Hobart, Auckland, Bali or Venice, selected as suitable for seminars and field visits involving regionally based researchers, policy and management practitioners, non-government organizations, industry representatives and local Indigenous peoples.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. understand the suite of public policy issues relevant to eco-cultural tourism
2. evaluate the contribution that different disciplines can make to eco-cultural tourism public policy
3. explain and work with the tensions involved in the research-policy relationship
4. complete a substantial independent research project linked to the themes of the course.
field trips will take place on most days of the workshop - see the list of sessions above
Additional Course Costs
Students will be responsible for travel and accommodation costs
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Monday June 17th - Canberra · Logistics for the two part workshop in Canberra and Cairns plus finalization of arrangements for the student presentations in Cairns. · Introduction to themes of the workshop drawing on the material contained in the first assignment a ‘personal essay’ to be submitted the previous Friday in which students will have responded to a series of questions about their personal experiences and the nature of tourism in their home communities. The purpose of the assignment is to encourage students to think about the relevance of the workshop’s themes and case studies for their home countries (whether that be Australia or elsewhere). · Tourism in the ACT - a discussion with a spokesperson from the ACT Government Tourism Office.||Personal Essay 15% due Friday June 14th before the workshop starts.|
|2||Tuesday June 18th - Canberra · Tourism and political identity - Visit to Parliament House and the Museum of Democracy in Old Parliament House. (If possible a discussion with a representative from the Aboriginal tent embassy - outside Old Parliament House - about why they have maintained the tents continually since the 1970s.) In the home countries of students how are such institutions presented to tourists? (both domestic and international) · Back at the ANU, discussion re the morning and also of ideas relevant to the student presentations in Cairns on Sunday and Monday evenings the following week.|
|3||Wednesday June 18th - Canberra · Visit to the National Museum of Australia – near the ANU – and discussion about the controversy about the development of the Australian War Memorial (a contrast with the NMA?). How do these institutions present Australian culture and values? How do similar institutions in student home countries present their culture and values? · Back at the ANU discussion re the morning and the student presentations for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in Cairns.|
|4||Thursday - Canberra · At the ANU – lecture re the Great Barrier reef and tourism · Discussion about tourism and national parks in the ACT. Politics of national parks and UNESCO heritage sites – why have them? What is involved in gaining official recognition as a UNESCO heritage site? Discussion re student presentations for Thursday and Friday evenings in Cairns.|
|5||Saturday June 22nd - Cairns · Arrival at James Cook University Student Lodge from Canberra/Sydney · Evening – review of timetable and logistics for the coming week|
|6||Sunday June 23rd- Cairns · discussion re main themes of the workshop, · visit central Cairns city using local bus system · visit mangrove forest and reclaimed wetland on old sugar farm near airport · Evening – presentations re major public policy issues related to eco-cultural tourism.|
|7||Monday June 24th - Cairns · bus trip Atherton table-lands, Karatha tourist market, Atherton World Heritage Chinese temple, Herberton heritage village – who do they attract and why? · Evening – presentations re tourism development, who benefits and who pays what sort of costs? Pro-poor and community based tourism, gender and disability perspectives – do they primarily involve access issues? or do they suggest different types of tourism activities?|
|8||Tuesday 25th - Cairns · Visit to Cairns City Council for briefing re tourism and regional development · Cairns museum – early Cairns, black-white conflicts in northern Australia (19th century and since), Chinese-European conflict on goldfields, sugar farming and south sea islander ‘black birding’ · Evening- presentations re tourism and public history – what do stories about the past imply for the present and future? (drawing on the Monday bus trip to historical sites in Atherton-Herberton and the Cairns Museum)|
|9||Wednesday 26th - Cairns · Bus trip Mossman Gorge rainforest Indigenous Dreamtime cultural tour · Evening – presentations re Indigenous peoples and tourism, in particular in situations involving national parks and world heritage sites|
|10||Thursday 27th - Cairns · Visiting speakers re Cairns regional development and tourism, conflicts between coastal agriculture and reef based tourism, tourism related coastal development and climate change adaptation, tourism in a potential disaster zone such as Cairns · Evening – presentations re tourism and regional development, politics of national parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites, tourism related issues re environmental rehabilitation-re-wilding|
|11||Friday 28th - Cairns · Coral Reef field trip Green Island · Evening – presentations re people and other animals, zoos (crocodile zoo Green Island), relations with cassowaries, crocodiles, whales, snakes, sharks, tigers, elephants etc. Do other species exist primarily for our use? Do we have responsibilities to them?|
|12||Saturday 29th - Cairns · Review of the week · Conclusion of the workshop mid-day|
|13||Sunday 30th - Cairns Most participants will return to Sydney/Canberra|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|1000 word personal essay||15 %||14/06/2019||21/06/2019||1|
|Presentation in Cairns||10 %||21/06/2019||30/06/2019||1|
|Course Journal||50 %||05/07/2019||19/07/2019||2, 3|
|2500 word Research Essay||25 %||19/07/2019||30/08/2019||4|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
1000 word personal essay
Personal Essay 15% due Friday June 14th before the workshop starts – ‘Discuss tourism in your home country” Students will be asked to respond to a series of set questions. This assignment is meant to encourage students to use the activities involved in the workshop as a stimulus for thinking about tourism in their country of origin.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1
Presentation in Cairns
In Cairns students will make presentations related to one of the themes listed for the six evening sessions. To ensure an even spread across subjects and evenings students will be asked to nominate a subject of interest in advance of the workshop (plus an alternative in case the first choice has already been taken). In the allocation process preference will be given to first responders. In most cases it is expected that presentations will focus on the presenter’s home country. Presentations will be part assessed by students themselves.
Due: day when subject is discussed
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3
Course Journal – 250-300 words for each of the eleven days reflecting on discussions and activities (approx 3500 words).
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 4
2500 word Research Essay
2500 word essay on a subject of the students choice (which could be the same as the subject of their presentation).
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