Sustainability, Tourism and Environment, Major (0305)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0305

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 major combines subjects from the social and environmental sciences to prepare students for careers that ensure tourism, leisure and recreation activities take place in a sustainable way. The natural environment is a key component of leisure, recreation, and tourism experiences, especially in Australia. However, these activities can have significant ecological impacts. In this major, students will learn how to identify, assess, and manage these environmental impacts. The major will also look at how the visitor economy can contribute toward ecological conservation, and addressing major global issues such as climate change, deforestation, poverty, inequality and pollution.


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 Part-time Dr Garth Lean

Major Structure

Students must complete 80 credit points.

Complete the following compulsory subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
TOUR 3004Destination Management10
ENVL 2009Ecosystem Restoration10
TOUR 1003Global Trends in Tourism and Events10
ENVL 1004Introduction to Environmental Science10
BIOS 1027Management of Aquatic Environments10
TOUR 2003Managing Sustainable Places10
EART 3006Science of the Anthropocene10
Total Credit Points70

Students must also complete one subject from the following pool.

Subject Title Credit Points
Select one of the following:10
Australian Ecosystems: Threats and Solutions
Conservation Priorities and Process
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Issues in Contemporary Heritage
Tourism Policy and Planning
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

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