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. Into the wild: Adventure and wildlife tourism
Topic 6. The attraction of revulsion: Dark and thana tourism
Topic 7. Eat, pray, love: Women's travel and spiritual 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Discussion paper15%
Discussion paper15%
Exam: closed book40%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)
Discussion paper15%
Discussion paper15%
Exam: closed book40%

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