• Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Sustainable Development, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Yujie Zhu
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2022
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This course focuses on the key issues at stake in the multifaceted relation between heritage and tourism in the global context. Heritage is regarded as one of the most significant and fastest growing components of the world’s largest industry - tourism. The globalization of heritage through tourism has had various effects on political, economic, social and cultural ideas of human society. In this course, we focus on both positive and negative effects of global tourism on heritage destinations, particularly in terms of commercialization, authenticity, sustainability, indigeneity, and ownership.   

Using theories and methods of anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and performance studies, this course analyses the dynamic role of tourism in the global circulation of people, capital and images.  In addition to lectures, students will engage with six short documentary films from different parts of the world, which exemplify and complicate prevailing theories in tourism studies. Through two fieldtrips in Canberra, one roundtable and one workshop, students will be offered ‘hands on’ learning experience, and be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of the role of tourism in managing, interpreting and shaping realities.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. examine the complex relationship between place, heritage and various kinds of tourism practices, such as theme parks, religious performance, lifestyle migration or wedding tourism;
  2. understand how such relationship shape both tourism practices and heritage destinations;
  3. identify the socio-cultural and political impacts of tourism on heritage;
  4. undertake independent research on an aspect of tourism in the contemporary world; and
  5. conduct data-collection, analysis, verbal and written presentation at the standard of a postgraduate degree.

Other Information

The course includes short field trips in Canberra. There might be some local transport and entrance fee costs associated with these field trips; costs will be kept to a minimum.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Individual presentation, 10 minutes (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Reflective essay on the presentation, 800 words (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Short review of documentary films or fieldtrips, 1500 words (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Research essay, 3000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 20 hours of lectures and 16 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Course amendment

Preliminary Reading

Bruner, E. M., & Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, B. (1994). Maasai on the lawn: Tourist realism in East Africa. Cultural Anthropology, 9(4), 435-470.
Graburn, N. (2001) Secular Ritual: A General Theory of Tourism. In Hosts and guests Revisted: Tourism Issues of the 21th century. Smith Valene eds., pp.42-52. Cognizant Communication Corp.
Leite, N. and N. Graburn. (2009). Anthropological Interventions in Tourism Studies, pp.35-64.  in T. Jamal and M. Robinson, eds. The Sage Handbook of Tourism Studies. London: Sage.
Salazar, N. B. & Zhu, Y., (2015). Heritage and Tourism, pp.240-258. In Global Heritage: A Reader. Lynn Meskell ed., Wiley.
Teo, P., & Li, L. H. (2003). Global and local interactions in tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 30(2), 287-306.



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6.00 0.12500
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2022 $3840
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2022 $5700
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4237 01 Jul 2022 22 Jul 2022 22 Jul 2022 30 Sep 2022 In Person View

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