TOUR 6002 Critical Issues for Heritage and Tourism Futures: Assessed Seminars

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Joseph Cheer Opens in new window

Description In Spring 2024, this subject replaced by TOUR 7006 - Contemporary Issues for Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management. The world in which we live is undergoing rapid change – socially, environmentally, and politically. Responding to such change requires the constant renewal of our knowledge and skills. This subject explores a range of issues currently facing professionals and researchers working in heritage and tourism management, nationally and internationally. Students who complete this subject are provided an opportunity to deepen their understanding of a chosen issue by preparing and presenting a seminar.

School Social Sciences

Discipline Tourism

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 6 subject


Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs AND have passed 40 credit points: 

  • 1920 Master of Sustainable Tourism and Heritage 
  • 8083 Bachelor of Research Studies
  • 8084 Master of Research (High Cost)
  • 8085 Master of Research (Low Cost),
  • 0320 Sustainable Tourism and Visitor Economies, Postgraduate Major 

Assumed Knowledge

A basic understanding of contemporary issues in tourism and heritage is desirable.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Assess critical and/or controversial issues facing the tourism and heritage sectors, nationally and internationally.
  2. Develop and express a critical position on an issue related to tourism and/or heritage to stimulate collective and constructive debate.
  3. Communicate an in-depth understanding of an issue using relevant and illustrative case studies.
  4. Organise and present a seminar session.

Subject Content

  1. Heritage, tourism and climate change.
  2. Heritage, tourism and environmental, social and political context
  3. Heritage, tourism and sustainable futures.
  4. Heritage, tourism and international development.
  5. Heritage, tourism and urban transformations.
  6. Heritage, tourism and Indigenous culture
  7. Heritage, tourism and migration.
  8. Heritage, tourism and the economic context


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Case Study 1500 words 40 N Individual
Presentation 20 minute presentation + 10 Minutes Q&A 20 N Individual
Report 1500 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • There is no set text for this subject. A weekly reading list with links to readings will be made available on vUWS.

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