Responsible Tourism and Ethics

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Responsible Tourism and Ethics

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course requires additional faculty approval for entry.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    2
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course examines a series of contemporary concepts and theories essential for responsible tourism including sustainable tourism for eliminating poverty (pro-poor tourism), cultural heritage management and protected area management. Responsible tourist behaviours are also examined.
     
     
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Evaluate and reflect upon the post-sustainability paradigm (and inter-related concepts) from both theoretical and practical viewpoints.
    2. Experiment with ethics scales, case studies and hypotheses to critically examine a range of developmental, environment and societal contexts.
    3. Critique and debate issues of environmental and social concern in varying environmental, social and cultural contexts.
    4. Evaluate demand for, and supply of, products, services and experiences underpinned by environmental ethics, social responsibility and destination stewardship.
    5. Design business strategies that are underpinned by the principles of environmental ethics, social responsibility and destination stewardship.
     
    Class Contact
    3 Contact hours
     
     
    Assessment
    Reflective essay 1
    Type: Reflection
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Mid-Semester
    Weight: 25%
    Task Description: The first reflective essay task will consist of three (3) reflective essay topics based on the content covered during weeks one to six of the course. This task requires students to engage in a deep, critical and reflective critique of key course concepts. Students should incorporate their own critical reflections developed through attendance and participation at the weekly seminars as well as course readings and additional research (where appropriate).
     
    The essay topics will be made available online via the course blackboard site and emailed to all students enrolled in TOUR3006 at 5:00pm on Tuesday 14th of April. Students have until Sunday 19th of April at 5:00pm to submit their responses.
     
    Each of the three (3) reflective essay's should be between 500 and 750 words max.
     
    This assessment item should be submitted online via Blackboard. A hard copy is NOT required.
     
    Case study report and presentation
    Type: Case Study
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 3, 5
    Due Date: per case study schedule
    Weight: 50%
    Task Description: This 50% assessment item is comprised of two parts: 1) a case study report (40%), and 2) facilitation of a small group discussion (10%) on your assigned case study topic.
     
    The latter half of the course is structured around five applied case studies which are used to critically explore the practical application of the course theories and concepts:
    • Week 8: wildlife tourism
    • Week 9: slum tourism
    • Week 10: volunteer tourism
    • Week 11: cruise tourism
    • Week 12: sex tourism
     
    Each student in the course will be assigned one (1) case study topic. For their assigned topic students will be required to prepare a written report and facilitate a small group discussion based on their report findings during the seminar timeslot.
     
    Part 1) Report 40% (of total 50% for this assessment item)
    Students are required to identify a practical (real world) example related to their assigned case study topic. The written report should:
    1. Introduce the background context and discuss the key issues and challenges of the selected practical example (set the scene i.e. where, why, what and how)
    2. Consider and discuss the implications (pros and cons) of the selected example on a) tourists, b) businesses and c) host destinations (i.e. residents, government, other businesses, etc.). This section should critically explore and discuss how each of these groups impact and/or are impacted by the issue. This section should be supported by relevant academic and/or government literature.
    3. Develop realistic and practical recommendations/strategies (minimum of five) as to how the issues and challenges in your example could be addressed (or at least improved). Students must consider (and will be assessed on) the extent to which their recommendations/ strategies might overcome the issues in practice (i.e. they are realistic and achievable). Again these strategies should be supported by relevant literature (either academic or government).
     
    Report format should be used and an executive summary (maximum one page) must be included. The executive summary will be provided to your group as background to your small group discussion. The report should be approximately 3,000 words (excluding executive summary, title/contents pages, references, etc.). APA referencing style should be used.
    The report should be submitted online via Blackboard no later than 9am on the day of your scheduled presentation (for example, if you are assigned to the cruise tourism case study you must submit your report by 9am on the Tuesday of week 11, sex tourism by 9am on the Tuesday of week 12, etc.). Any submission after this time will incur a late penalty.
     
     
    Part 2) Facilitation of small group discussion 10% (of total 50% for this assessment item)
    Students will be required to present the findings of their report, and lead a small group discussion, during the seminar timeslot for their particular case study (for example, if you are assigned to the cruise tourism case study you must lead a group discussion during the week 11 seminar, sex tourism in week 12, etc.).
     
    This component of the assessment requires each student to:
     
    Present to the group:
    1. A concise overview that sets the context and background of their selected practical example including the key issues and challenges, and implications for tourists/ businesses/ host destinations.
    2. Present your recommendations/strategies for addressing the issue.
     
    Facilitate a group discussion:
    1. On the extent to which your proposed strategies are applicable, realistic and practical.
    2. Brainstorm other options for addressing the issue and/or suggestions and modifications as to how the proposed strategies could be enhanced or improved to be more realistic and practical.
     
    You will be assessed for this component by:
    • Observation by course coordinator/tutor AND submission of an audio or visual recording of your group discussion (recording to be submitted to course coordinator no later than 5:00pm on the Wednesday following your seminar presentation)
    • A maximum of one page of notes documenting the comments/suggestions/amendments your group comes up with (to be submitted together with your recording to course coordinator no later than 5:00pm on the Wednesday following your seminar presentation)
    • Peer evaluation from your group members (collected at the end of the seminar)
     
    Reflective essay 2
    Type: Reflection
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Late Semester
    Weight: 25%
    Task Description: The second reflective essay will consist of a further three (3) reflective essay topics based on the content covered during weeks seven to twelve of the course. This task requires students to engage in a deep, critical and reflective critique of key course concepts. Students should incorporate their own critical reflections developed through attendance and participation at the weekly seminars/case studies as well as course readings and additional research (where appropriate).
     
    The essay topics will be made available online via the course blackboard site and emailed to all students enrolled in TOUR3006 at 5:00pm on Tuesday 26th of May. Students have until Sunday 31st of May at 5:00pm to submit their responses.
     
    Each of the three (3) reflective essay's should be between 500 and 750 words max.
     
    This assessment item should be submitted online via Blackboard. A hard copy is NOT required.

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