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Sustainable Tourism Development HGA501


This unit will explore the origins, elements and tensions inherent in sustainable tourism. You will explore the relevance of sustainable development to tourism, its application and the tensions that arise when theory is applied to practice. The unit will also critically review and asses international, national and statewide approaches to the concept, its use within government policy and efforts to develop indicators, benchmarks and assessment tools for sustainable tourism. Taught partially within a World Heritage Area, this unit give students a real life understanding of the managerial take up of the concept, along with commercial and tourists’ responses to the concept. The unit is taught face to face from the Cradle Coast and at Cradle Mountain National Park campus in week 3 (March 9-12th 2021), in an intensive block mode, over 4 days. Attendance is compulsory. On the 2nd and 3rd day of the teaching block, you will take a field trip to Cradle Mountain National Park (staying overnight), returning to class on the 4th and final day. Following the intensive block teaching, you will complete your assignments online.


Unit name Sustainable Tourism Development
Unit code HGA501
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Associate Professor Anne Hardy
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyse impact of breadth of indicators and evaluation system that have been designed for the tourism andcultural heritage industries
  • Critically assess the integration of sustainable development and sustainable tourism into local, national andinternational government policy.
  • Critically evaluate the application and challenges of sustainable development and sustainable tourism to different jurisdictions and businesses
  • Effectively communicate sustainable tourism principles to a range of tourism and cultural heritage stakeholders

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090300 $1,892.00 $888.00 not applicable $2,625.00

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Teaching Pattern

The unit is taught face to face from the Cradle Coast and at Cradle Mountain National Park campus in week 3 (March 7-11th 2022), in an intensive block mode, over 4 days. Attendance is compulsory.

AssessmentGroup Presentation (10%)|Assignment (30%)|Group Report: (60%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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