Tourism, Culture, and Heritage Management

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Tourism, Culture, and Heritage Management

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Sustainability, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Intercultural Communications, Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Culture and heritage are intricately connected to the appeal of tourist destinations. In this course we examine the relationship between culture, heritage and contemporary tourism, exploring the phenomenon of cultural tourism from both a demand and supply perspective. In examining the cultural dimensions of tourism we focus on two important and interrelated aspects. The first relates to the role that tourism plays in the production and transmission of cultural forms and practices; the second concerns the impacts of tourism on Western and Indigenous cultures.

    The course is underpinned by a multidisciplinary perspective and explores key theoretical concepts such as power, globalisation, authenticity, commodification, interpretation and representation. Students are introduced to various case studies of culturally informed special interest tourism to examine these concepts. Drawing on a range of examples from Australia and around the world, this course provides a critical examination of contemporary issues in cultural and heritage tourism management, focusing in particular on culturally sustainable principles and practices.

    Through the assessment tasks, you will apply critical thinking to current practices in cultural and heritage tourism management, and gain experience in researching and documenting cultural tourism experiences and cultural tourism sites.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.