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Global Issues in Tourism HGA502


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. This 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.


Unit name Global Issues in Tourism
Unit code HGA502
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Doctor Yue Ma
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Term 3 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 3 24/7/2023 7/8/2023 28/8/2023 1/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect on and critically analyse the contemporary issues that are shaping the global tourism industry
  • Assess the importance of community in engaging with the industry, and the role of the state in shaping global and national tourism policy.
  • Analyse and evaluate the impact of crises upon tourism and cultural heritage destinations
  • Communicate effectively to a diverse audience using written and/or multimedia formats.

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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AssessmentGroup multimedia presentation (20%)|Critical analysis (30%)|Case study (50%)
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