Heritage and Tourism, Major (0012)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0012

Previous CodeM1077.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

In a highly mobile world (migration, tourism, media and communications, travel and transport) and in contemporary life where the preservation of historical and natural environments present as one of the major challenges facing all societies, heritage has become a touchstone for social and cultural identity, our understanding of modernity, peace and development, our senses of citizenship, custodianship and community. At the same time heritage places have become significant tourist destinations and so in a world of flows and networks, the heritage-tourism relationship is a critical one. In the 21st century it is impossible to disentangle the two. This major introduces contemporary heritage issues and provides an in-depth understanding of tourism as a social phenomenon. It enables a critical examination of the relationship between heritage and tourism in number of settings within Australia (including Indigenous Australia) and internationally.

Graduates with a heritage and tourism major can contemplate careers within a diverse range of government, non-government organization and businesses that require understanding, insight and skills related to heritage and tourism.


Campus Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal Assoc Prof Awais Piracha
Penrith Campus Internal Assoc Prof Awais Piracha

Recommended Sequence 2022

If you commenced in 2023 or later please refer to the Sequence 2023 tab for details.

Qualification for this major requires the successful completion of 80 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
TOUR 1002 Tourism and Global Trends 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
HUMN 2057 Tourism in Society 10
TOUR 2001 Issues in Contemporary Heritage 10
 Credit Points20
Year 2
Autumn session
CULT 3015 Heritage and Tourism 10
HUMN 2018 Cultural and Social Geographies 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
CULT 3014 Heritage Interpretation 10
 Credit Points10
Year 3
Autumn session
BUSM 3073 Tourism Policy and Planning 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
CULT 3016 Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective 10
 Credit Points10
 Total Credit Points80

Major Sequence 2023

This major sequence applies to students who commenced in 2023 or later. If you commenced prior to 2023 please refer to the Sequence 2022 tab for details.

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows.

Complete the following compulsory subjects.

Subject Title Credit Points
TOUR 1003Global Trends in Tourism and Events10
TOUR 2004Tourism and Festivals in Society10
HUMN 2073Issues in Contemporary Heritage10
TOUR 3002Cultural Tourism and Events10
HUMN 3117Place-Making for Tourism and the Cultural Economies10
HUMN 3118Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective10
Total Credit Points60

And 20 credit points of Major pool subjects.

Subject Title Credit Points
Select 2 subjects from the major pool subjects:20
Visitor Economy Professional Placement
Managing Sustainable Places
Tourism, Events and Technology
Tourism Policy and Planning
Destination Management
Total Credit Points20

Equivalent Subjects 

The subject listed below counts towards completion of this program for students who passed this subject in 2022 or earlier.

CULT 3015 - Heritage and Tourism, replaced by TOUR 3002 Cultural Tourism and Events

BUSM 3072 - Tourism Industry Professional Placement, replaced by TOUR 3003 Visitor Economy Professional Placement

SPRT 2011 - Sustainability, Tourism and Place, replaced by TOUR 2003 Managing Sustainable Places

HUMN 2057 - Tourism in Society, replaced by TOUR 2004 Tourism and Festivals in Society

BUSM 3079 - Travel in the Digital Age, replaced by TOUR 3001 Tourism, Events and Technology

BUSM 3007 - Destination Management, replaced by TOUR 3004 Destination Management

BUSM 3073 - Tourism Policy and Planning, replaced by TOUR 3005 Tourism Policy and Planning

CULT 3014 - Heritage Interpretation, replaced by HUMN 3117 Place-Making for Tourism and the Cultural Economies

CULT 3016 - Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective, replaced by HUMN 3118 Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective

TOUR 1002 - Tourism and Global Trends, replaced by TOUR 1003 Global Trends in Tourism and Events