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The Sharing Economy and Disruptive Innovations HGA602


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
Unit code HGA602
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 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 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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

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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AssessmentPodcast on the ethics of tracking tourists’ movement. (25%)|Social Media Assessment (30%)|A critical review of the worth of the Sharing Economy in Tasmania (45%)
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