Courses & Units

Global Issues in Tourism HGA502

Hobart, Darlinghurst - Sydney


Tourism is part of globalisation. Tourism has changed over the decades as travels become cheaper, new destinations are found and more countries become prosperous. Tourism affects host societies and the issues are often global in scale. These include challenges from climate change, over-tourism and terrorism. On the other hand, tourism offer new social economic opportunities as the world becomes “smaller” and more welcoming. T his unit addresses established and emerging global issues in tourism. To emphasise the global dimension of the issues, you will engage with internationally renowned scholars from around the world. The unit is taught face to face from the Darlinghurst campus in week 2 of semester two, in an intensive block mode, over 4 days. Attendance is compulsory. Following the intensive block teaching, you will complete their assignments online.


Unit name Global Issues in Tourism
Unit code HGA502
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Professor Can Seng Ooi

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Darlinghurst - Sydney Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Reflect on and critically analyse the contemporary issues that are shaping the global tourism industry.
  2. Assess the importance of community in engaging with the industry, and the role of the state in shaping global and national tourism policy.
  3. Analyse and evaluate the impact of crises upon tourism and cultural heritage destinations.
  4. Evaluate and select multimedia to communicate effectively to a diverse audience.



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Teaching Pattern

Off Campus:
Online Class (4 hours x 6 times)

On Campus:
Intensive block teaching.


Task 1: Issues-mapping of a recent global tourism challenge, 1000 words (30%)

Task 2: Group multimedia presentation on a global issue in tourism, 20 minutes (20%)

Task 3: Written case study of the impact of a global tourism issue, 2500 words (50%)

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