ATS3392 - A Lonely Planet? travel, culture, power - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

National Centre for Australian Studies


Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska

Not offered in 2017


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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.