Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitNational Centre For Australian Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska


Previously coded AUS3040


This unit explores the complex phenomenon of travel and tourism from a socio-cultural perspective. It traces the history of travel and tourism, ranging from early pilgrimages to contemporary backpacking and post-tourism. It places travel within broader social, cultural, political and economic contexts, exploring key issues facing travellers and the tourism industry in Australia and globally. It investigates how travel and tourism impact on international relations, business, trade, economics and migration, and probes the potential for tourism to contribute to global development and sustainability challenges.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Demonstrate and understanding of the history of travel and the development of tourism in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.
  2. Exhibit an understanding of the complex relations between travel, tourism, politics and power, including colonialism, international relations and business.
  3. Have examined a range of socio-cultural issues surrounding contemporary tourism, including its impacts on both hosts and guests.
  4. Have explored the concept of authenticity in travel, coming to a personal view about the value, or otherwise, of travel and tourist experiences.
  5. Exhibit a deeper understanding of the tourism industry, including its place within the international economy.
  6. Have built the capacity to research and critically evaluate topical and historiographical debates regarding travel in Australian identity and society.
  7. Have developed skills in constructing evidence-based arguments using a variety of primary and secondary sources, and demonstrated their ability to reflect critically on what they have learnt.
  8. Developed skills in written and oral presentation and communication.


Tutorial participation: 10%
Minor Assignment: 30%
Research Essay: 40%
Test: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2- hour lecture and one1- hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Two Gateway units in a related Area of Study or equivalent