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BX3091 - Tourism and the Environment

[Offered in 2014 only]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Business (pre 2015)

This subject examines the positive and negative impacts of tourism on the physical, economic and socio-cultural environment. It includes an extensive introduction to key ecological theories and to a wide range of Australian environments and the major biophysical processes which structure them. Current models of tourism development and its impacts are reviewed and aspects of the legislative framework governing the interaction between tourism and the environment are examined. Although the course has an Australian and Asia-Pacific emphasis, it takes an international perspective with examples from Africa, North America and Europe also reviewed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a critical appreciation of environmental factors important to tourism development, and the social and biophysical impacts of tourism;
  • Knowledge of Australian environmental legislation regulating the impacts of tourism;
  • Evaluate the roles of tourism and environmental agencies in managing and controlling the impacts of tourism, particulary in protected areas;
  • Critically review green tourism practices, environmental interpretation, eco-certification, carbon offsets and other tools and techniques for achieving sustainable tourism;
  • Develop students' research; field observation, report & essay writing and presentation skills.
EV2201 TG2201 TO2000 TO5002


JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 17-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Dr Alastair Birtles
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 12 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 1 days fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (30% - 50%); presentations (10% - 20%); essays (20% - 30%); project report (20% - 30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.