• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Climate, Environmental Science, Resource and Environmental Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Daniel Connell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2019
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Classes will be held on Jun 17-20 (9:00-1:00) in Seminar Room 8 and Jun 21, 24-28 (Time and Venue TBA).

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.

Learning Outcomes

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. 

Indicative Assessment

1. 20% - 1000 word essay on one of the major workshop themes before departure. (LO two)
2. 20% - journal reflecting on the daily progress of the workshop focusing in particular on the research policy relationship as discussed with regional policy makers and managers in their presentations and during the field trips. (LO three and four)
3. 10% - 300 word outline of the proposed independent essay topic which also places their project on the research continuum listed in LO one
4. 50% post-workshop 4000 word independent research essay. (LO five)

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36 hours organised class time plus excursions

Preliminary Reading

Robson, Colin, 2011, 'Real World Research: a resource for social scientists and practitioner researchers'. Wiley-Blackwell.
Honey, Martha, 2008, 'Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who owns paradise?' Island Press.
Vince, Gaia, 2014, 'Adventures in the Anthropocene: a journey to the heart of the planet we made', Chatto & Windus.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5617 10 Jun 2019 17 Jun 2019 21 Jun 2019 29 Jul 2019 In Person View

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