• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Due to COVID19 this course will not be running in 2020.

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 Cairns, with field visits involving regionally based researchers, policy and management practitioners, non-government organizations, industry representatives and local Indigenous peoples.

This course requires a permission code to enrol.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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.

Other Information

This course contains a field trip as a compulsory component of the course, attendence is mandatory for successful completion of the course. The trip will have expenses for students to meet such as flights, accommodation and other ancilliary costs that may be applicable. Further information regarding the associated costs will be available in the class summary.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1000 word essay on one of the major workshop themes before departure. (20) [LO 2]
  2. 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. (20) [LO 3,4]
  3. 300 word outline of the proposed independent essay topic which also places their project on the research continuum listed in LO one (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Post-workshop 4000 word independent research essay. (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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36 hours organised class time plus required attendance on the field trip. There are additional costs associated with the field trip

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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Unit value:
6 units

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Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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