Bachelor of Tourism Management

Approved Abbreviation: BTrsmMgt

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1664.1

CRICOS Code: 056711F

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2010 or later.

Commencement Year 2007 - 2009 - 1632.1 Bachelor of Tourism Management

The Bachelor of Tourism Management is a social science focussed course designed to provide awareness of the cultural and social issues, and the desirable social contributions of tourism, as well as an effective approach to management in the Tourism industry. It does this by providing an in-depth understanding of the interactions between different aspects of the tourism industry and its natural, social and cultural environments. It integrates concern for the host or destination community and the process of tourism planning and development in the context of ecologically sustainable development. It considers the relationships between tourism and heritage management; mechanisms for regional and community planning and development; and the role of tourism as a social, cultural and economic phenomenon.

Study Mode
Three years full-time. Students may take a reduced study load.

Advanced standing

Students demonstrating successful completion of relevant studies at other tertiary institutions prior to enrolment may be granted advanced standing for those studies, in accordance with current University policy.


Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

101553Organisations, Communities and Communication
101551Understanding Society
101598Tourism in Society
101603Tourism Sustainability and Global Trends

Spring session

101556The Geographies of Social Difference
101557The Individual in Society
101605Nature-based Recreation and Leisure

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
101599Heritage and Tourism

And two electives

Spring session

400337Social Research Methods
101602Recreational Tourism Policy and Planning
101271Festivals and Events

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research
101606Tourism Impact and Sustainability

And two electives

Spring session

101554Contemporary Debates in Social Science
101600Indigenous Cultures and Tourism: A Global Perspective

And two electives

Note: All students enrolled in 1664 B Tourism Management must obtain, through their own initiative, 400 hours of tourism industry related employment (paid or unpaid) prior to undertaking their final year of study. To facilitate the recording of such experience it will be necessary for students to enrol in 101607 Tourism Industry Experience and have completion signed off by the employer and Unit Coordinator.

101607Tourism Industry Experience

Elective Majors and Sub-majors which may be available


M1017Child and Community
M1018Criminology and Criminal Justice
M1019Geography and Urban Studies
M1022Heritage and Tourism
M1020Peace and Development Studies


SM1025Child and Community
SM1026Criminology and Criminal Justice
SM1027Geography and Urban Studies
SM1030Heritage and Tourism
SM1028Peace and Development Studies

Major and Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for majors and sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers majors and sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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