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Unit description

Introduces students to the phenomenon of Special Interest Tourism and its relationship to more traditional forms of tourism and leisure. Critically examines various special interest and 'niche' tourism market segments, the growth and diversity of these segments, and their impact on individuals, communities, the tourism industry and policy makers.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to unit: Defining special interest and niche tourism

Topic 2 The emergence of SIT: Changing patterns of tourist consumption

Topic 3 The gourmet traveller: Food and wine tourism

Topic 4 Cure on tour: Health, wellness and medical tourism

Topic 5 The attraction of revulsion: Dark tourism

Topic 6 A journey of self-discovery: Genealogy tourism

Topic 7 Into the wild: Adventure and nature based tourism

Topic 8 Giving and taking: Volunteer and responsible tourism

Topic 9 Shakespeare and Sundance: Film, literature and music tourism

Topic 10 Critical issues in SIT: The future of niche tourism

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1define the concepts of special interest tourism and niche tourismKnowledge of a discipline
2discuss the emergence of special interest tourism/niche tourism, within the context of changing tourist consumption patternsKnowledge of a discipline
3critically evaluate different special interest tourism/niche tourism sectors, associated markets and impactsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4use presentation skills to analyse selected special interest tourism/niche tourism sectors.Intellectual rigourCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. define the concepts of special interest tourism and niche tourism
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. discuss the emergence of special interest tourism/niche tourism, within the context of changing tourist consumption patterns
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. critically evaluate different special interest tourism/niche tourism sectors, associated markets and impacts
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. use presentation skills to analyse selected special interest tourism/niche tourism sectors.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion paper30%
Presentation30%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion paper30%
Presentation30%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion paper30%
Presentation30%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion paper30%
Presentation30%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion paper30%
Presentation30%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

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