Courses & Units

Tourism, Creativity and Culture HGA533


This unit will enable students to understand how tourism and cultural industries have dramatically changed our lives. Cultural industries have grown significantly, with examples such as museums, regional festivals and wilderness adventures. At the same time there is an increasing capacity for travel and an increasing need to replace income earned from traditional industries with those from tourism. Different societies are now not only in greater contact with each other but also relating to each other in new ways, as well as benefitting from the growth of cultural capacity in their own localities. The unit will cover three related areas: The first situates the creative economy in the various social, economic and political contexts around the world. Creative cultural industries have become crucial to the life of major cities, regional economies and remote areas. The second area that is explored relates to the way in which creative and cultural industries have expanded through travel, international access and changes in the way cities, history, nature, culture, music, food, and art develop into new forms of experiences. The third area that is explored relates to creative and cultural case studies. You will also learn about options for communicating research and knowledge transfer, the collection and collation of literature and background research.


Unit name Tourism, Creativity and Culture
Unit code HGA533
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Doctor Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and synthesise key concepts and theory in the study of tourism, creativity and culture.
  • Critically analyse and apply diverse theoretical perspectives to empirical cases in tourism, cultural and creative fields.
  • Reflect critically on and articulate your own positions on key debates within the field of tourism, creativity and culture.
  • Communicate your ideas clearly in multiple formats.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



AssessmentGroup Presentation (25%)|Summary of three cultural heritage concepts (25%)|Excursion Report (50%)
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