Unit description

Introduces students to the concepts of 'sustainability' and 'sustainable development' and their application to planning and management of tourism. Examines the history and development of ecotourism and sustainable tourism and their relation to mass forms of tourism. The unit draws on critical reflection and critical thinking as key tools for the examination and evaluation of theory and practice.

Unit content

Topic 1 Thinking critically about sustainability & tourism 
Topic 2 The modern environmental movement & sustainable development 
Topic 3 The emergence of sustainable tourism 
Topic 4 Tourism impacts: socio-cultural 
Topic 5 Tourism impacts: environmental & economic 
Topic 6 Accreditation and eco-certification
Topic 7 Tourism & climate change 
Topic 8 Managing tourism sustainably in natural and protected areas 
Topic 9 A critique of ecotourism & other niches
Topic 10 Millennium Development Goals & sustainable tourism in less developed countries
Topic 11 Case studies of best-practice

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Reflective writing20%
Project proposal35%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Reflective writing20%
Project proposal35%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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