Unit description

Examines tourist behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour using the theoretical insights drawn from social psychology, sociology, cultural geography and anthropology. The unit explores the tourist experience in relation to pre-travel, at-destination, and post-travel phases. Tourist behaviour and the socio-cultural and environmental impacts of the behaviour and social interactions are examined at individual, social group and societal levels.

Unit content

  1. Conceptualising the tourist within contemporary society
  2. Motivations, expectations and satisfaction
  3. Destination decision-making and destination image
  4. Tourist embodiment: gender and disability
  5. Tourist behaviours: sightseeing, photography and shopping
  6. Research approaches to studying tourist behaviour
  7. Environmental impacts of tourist interactions and behaviour
  8. Socio-cultural Impacts of the tourist  interactions and behaviour
  9. The ethical tourist?

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 online 1 hour (weekly x 12)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (weekly x 12)
Exam: closed book30%
Annotated bibliography20%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (weekly x 12)
Structured online learning 2 hours (weekly x 12)
Exam: closed book30%
Annotated bibliography20%

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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