Sub-major - Heritage and Tourism

Western Sydney University Sub-major Code: SM1030.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : YES, if the specialisation is available on your Home campus. Please ensure your course structure allows space for enrolment in the units in this unit set. Students must also meet any pre-requisite requirements. Consult your Course Advisor for further advice.

In 2013 this sub-major replaced by SM1092.1 Heritage and Tourism. In a highly mobile world (migration, tourism, media and communications, travel and transport) and in contemporary life where the preservation of historical and natural environments present as one of the major challenges facing all societies, heritage has become a touchstone for social and cultural identity, our understanding of modernity, peace and development, our senses of citizenship, custodianship and community. At the same time heritage places have become significant tourist destinations and so in a world of flows and networks, the heritage-tourism relationship is a critical one. In the 21st century it is impossible to disentangle the two. This sub-major introduces contemporary heritage issues and provides an in-depth understanding of tourism as a social phenomenon. It enables a critical examination of the relationship between heritage and tourism in number of settings within Australia (including Indigenous Australia) and internationally. Graduates with a heritage and tourism major can contemplate careers within a diverse range of government, non-government organization and businesses that require understanding, insight and skills related to heritage and tourism.

Sub-major Structure

Students must complete four of the following units

Autumn Session

101590 Cultural and Social Geographies
101599 Heritage and Tourism
101643 Heritage Interpretation
101331 Issues in World Development: Rich World, Poor World
101598 Tourism in Society

Spring session

101600 Indigenous Cultures and Tourism: A Global Perspective
101601 Issues in Contemporary Heritage
101602 Recreational Tourism Policy and Planning

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