Digital disruptions such as the sharing economy have caused major disruptions for the tourism industry – both positive and negative. Platforms such as Airbnb and Uber, plus Airtasker, UberEats and HomeAway, have transformed the way tourists travel, the way that purchases are made, the way in which employees are hired, the way in which the industry is regulated and ultimately the way in which tourism as an industry is regarded by communities. Further disruptions such as big data have challenged norms of research, the ethics of collecting data and have ultimately challenged our understanding of how the tourism industry works. In this unit, you will tackle these issues by exploring the reasons for the rise of disruptive innovations such as the sharing economy. You will assess positive and negative impacts, from a diverse range of perspectives including those of consumers, tourism operators, the tourism industry and policy makers.
|Unit name||The Sharing Economy and Disruptive Innovations|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Sociology and Criminology|
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Anne Hardy|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Reflect upon and synthesise the complex forces behind the rise of the sharing economy and disruptive innovations
- Critically evaluate the range of products that have emerged as a result of the sharing economy and disruptive innovation
- Critically assess the positive and negative impacts of disruptive innovations on the tourism and cultural heritage industries
- Analyse the impact that the sharing economy and disruptive Innovations has had upon consumer behaviour
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- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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|Assessment||Social Media Assessment (30%)|Podcast on the ethics of tracking tourists’ movement. (25%)|A critical review of the worth of the Sharing Economy in Tasmania (45%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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