Tourism, Major (0161)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0161

Previous Code: M1105.1

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.

The Tourism major introduces contemporary tourism issues and provides an in-depth understanding of tourism as a social phenomenon in a highly mobile world. Successful tourism planning and management relies on a full appreciation of the context in which it is operating. This suite of subjects enables a critical examination of the relationship between tourism and the assets which underpin it - the heritage of places - natural, social and cultural. It is these attributes which provide much of the incentive and attractions for travel, and which provide the business of tourism. Graduates with a tourism major can contemplate careers within a diverse range of government, non-government organization and businesses that require understanding, insight and skills related to tourism policy, planning and management.


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

Major Structure

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
TOUR 2004 Tourism and Festivals in Society 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Autumn session
TOUR 1002 Tourism and Global Trends 10
TOUR 2003 Managing Sustainable Places 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
HUMN 2073 Issues in Contemporary Heritage 10
CULT 3016 Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective 10
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Autumn session
BUSM 3073 Tourism Policy and Planning 10
CULT 3015 Heritage and Tourism 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
BUSM 3065 Special Event Management 10
 Credit Points10
 Total Credit Points80

Equivalent Subjects

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

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

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

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

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

The subject listed below counts towards completion of this Major for students who passed this subject in 2017 or earlier.

BUSM 3067 - Sport and Hospitality Event Management, replaced by BUSM 3065 Special Event Management