Contemporary Issues in Tourism

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
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About this unit

Contemporary Issues in Tourism is a 13-week unit, provided by Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University, that explores a wide range of issues that impact upon tourism both in the Asia Pacific Region and on a more global scale.

Students will study a number of different topics, including the threat of terrorism, poverty in developing nations, child exploitation, as well as issues such as the future of energy resources and climate change. The unit comprehensively explores these topic areas and is designed to help students consider how they can implement practical and feasible solutions to address these contemporary challenge of global tourism.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit, applicant must have completed the following unit:

  • Introduction to Tourism

Applicants who have completed an equivalent unit can ascertain whether they meet entry requirements by enquiring for more information or contracting a Swinburne University student adviser.

Areas of study

The plantation economy – core periphery theory and the potential for exploitation of developing countries

Indigenous cultures as a tourism resource – responsibilities and approaches

The development paradox in emerging countries

Sex tourism and child exploitation

Crisis management – natural and man-made disasters

Regionalisation and protection

Globalisation and the maintenance of diversity

Climate change

The impending energy crisis and its impact on intercontinental transportation

Technological innovation

Freedom and mobility – the ongoing process of democratisation

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Business, Swinburne University
  • Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems), Swinburne University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Contemporary Issues in Tourism provides a wide range of learning outcomes that can be applied in careers in tourism and other professions. Following successful completion of the unit, students will be able to understand the social, cultural, economic and environmental issues that impact the tourism industry. This will prove invaluable for careers in tourism planning and development. Students will also gain skills in conducting research and explaining their arguments to others, whilst analysing and reflecting on different thoughts and opinions. These skills are transferable across a number of careers. The unit will provide students with the opportunity to consider ethical practices in tourism development, as well as the careful use of scarce resources in the industry in light of climate change challenges. For any job in tourism, having this knowledge can provide great scope for career development, and is a growing area of concern for many other sectors.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will receive credit for competencies in Contemporary Issues in Tourism from Swinburne University.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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