Unit description

Introduces students to the global politics of tourism development. Students explore historical and contemporary notions of power in the global development of tourism, and whether global citizenship can be pursued through tourism. This unit adopts a student-centred learning strategy prompting students to question taken-for-granted values and ideas about tourism, particularly in developing countries.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction and unit overview: Concepts, theories, models
Topic 2 Tourism, Globalisation and Development
Topic 3 Economic perspectives on the global politics of tourism
Topic 4 Socio-cultural perspectives on global politics of tourism
Topic 5 Environmental perspectives on the global politics of tourism
Topic 6 Political perspectives on the global politics of tourism
Topic 7 The future of tourism - a global perspective
Topic 8 Assignment discussion and details
Topic 9 Selected case studies
Topic 10 Unit summary and review

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

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (10 weeks)
Creative media assignment40%
Research essay40%
Online test20%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (10 weeks)
Creative media assignment40%
Research essay40%
Online test20%

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