Place Management and Planning, Major (0304)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0304

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.

This unique major combines subjects from tourism, heritage and planning to prepare students for careers in place management. Place managers use collaborative approaches to design and develop a wide diversity of spaces and places, including precincts, destinations, towns, cities, parks, and many more. In this major, students will develop the skills and knowledge to manage places sustainably in a variety of contexts. This includes the ability to balance competing community, cultural, ecological and economic interests. Students who complete the major will be well positioned to apply for a growing number of place management positions with government and consultancies.


Campus Mode Advice
Parramatta City Full-time Dr Garth Lean
Parramatta City Part-time Dr Garth Lean
Parramatta - Victoria Road Full-time Dr Garth Lean
Parramatta - Victoria Road Part-time Dr Garth Lean

Major Structure

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows.

Complete the following compulsory subjects.

Subject Title Credit Points
HUMN 1008Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies10
HUMN 2018Cultural and Social Geographies10
TOUR 3004Destination Management10
HUMN 2073Issues in Contemporary Heritage10
TOUR 2003Managing Sustainable Places10
HUMN 3117Place-Making for Tourism and the Cultural Economies10
ENVL 3005Planning the City: Development, Community and Systems10
Total Credit Points70

Students must also complete one subject from the following pool.

Subject Title Credit Points
Select one of the following:10
Analysis of Spatial Data
The Economics of Cities and Regions
Tourism Policy and Planning
Transport, Access and Equity
Total Credit Points10

Equivalent Subjects 

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

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

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

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

TOUR 2001 - Issues in Contemporary Heritage, replaced by HUMN 2073 Issues in Contemporary Heritage

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