CQUniversity Unit Profile
TOUR20021 Tourism Impacts on Community, Culture and Heritage
Tourism Impacts on Community, Culture and Heritage
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General Information

Overview

This unit will develop your understanding of the socio-cultural impacts of tourism from a global perspective, focusing specifically on the aspects of community development, Indigenous culture, and heritage protection. You will understand the importance of using a sustainable tourism approach to critically evaluate the socio-cultural impacts of tourism. Topics covered in this unit include: positive and negative socio-cultural impacts; communities in a global context; community well-being; pro-poor tourism; Indigenous cultures; cultural heritage; evolving societies; effective management and engagement strategies. The unit will also provide a critical understanding of the concepts of commodification, authenticity and social licence to operate.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2020

Cairns
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Presentation
Weighting: 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Voice

Feedback

Students enjoyed the content and practical application of theory in unit content, discussions and assessment.

Recommendation

Continue incorporating contemporary materials that support theoretical concepts and provide opportunities to deepen students' learning and understanding across a range of contexts.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. critically examine both positive and negative socio-cultural impacts of tourism, on the communities, culture and heritage in a range of tourism destination settings;
  2. describe and communicate a range of theories and their application to the management of socio-cultural impacts of sustainable tourism;
  3. review and evaluate current issues and challenges in implementing socio-cultural principles and practices;
  4. identify and analyse the linkages between socio-cultural sustainability, community and economic and environmental sustainability principles; and
  5. apply your knowledge to plan, develop and evaluate a socio-cultural impact assessment strategy.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Presentation - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Presentation - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Cultural Heritage and Tourism: An Introduction (2011)

Authors: Dallen J. Timothy
Channel View Publications
Bristol Bristol , United Kingdom
ISBN: 978-1-84541-176-3
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

If you prefer to study with a paper copy you can purchase at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code). eBooks can be purchased at the publisher's website.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Michelle Thompson Unit Coordinator
m.thompson@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

An introduction to sustainable tourism and communities

Chapter

Chapter 1

Where required, links to additional readings will be available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Evolving nature of society, tourism and tourists


Chapter

Chapters 2, 5


Where required, links to additional readings will be available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Cultural tourism

Chapter

Chapters 3, 4, 12

Where required, links to additional readings will be available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Tourism impacts on community, culture and heritage (1)

Chapter

Chapters 7, 10

Where required, links to additional readings will be available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Field trip

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Field trip is subject to available locations and/or operators due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Vacation Week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Tourism impacts on community, culture and heritage (2)

Chapter

Chapter 9 (Fletcher et al., 2017)

Where required, links to additional readings will be available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Presentation (20%) Due: Week 6 Monday (24 Aug 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic


Tourism, Indigenous communities and culture

Chapter

Chapters 19, 20

Where required, links to additional readings will be available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Pro-poor and community-based tourism

Chapter

No chapter

Links to readings will be available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Tourism as a replacement industry and heritage perspectives

Chapter

Chapters 16, 17

Where required, links to additional readings will be available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical and Written Assessment (40%) Due: Week 9 Monday (14 Sep 2020) 6:00 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Governance, heritage and communities

Chapter

Chapters 6, 8

Where required, links to additional readings will be available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Management strategies and policies to achieve sustainable outcomes for communities

Chapter

Chapters 9, 11, 13

Where required, links to additional readings will be available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Future opportunities and challenges in an era of change

Chapter

Chapter 22

Where required, links to additional readings will be available on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment (40%) Due: Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 Presentation

Assessment Title
Presentation (20%)

Task Description

Overview:
The potential of tourism development to impact on communities and cultures in ways that maximise the positive outcomes, while minimising negative outcomes, has been widely discussed and debated within the academic literature. This task is designed to assess your presentation skills, by demonstrating your ability to analyse information on a particular topic to formulate and communicate a clear and concise argument.


You are required to prepare and record a 15 minute presentation, that either agrees or disagrees with one of the following statements about tourism and communities, culture and heritage. During the presentation, you will debate one of the statements, building an argument that is supported with evidence, in an effort to convince the audience of your point of view. You are also required to upload a copy of your visual aids (Powerpoint slides) via the submission link on Moodle.


You are to choose one of the following statements to debate:

  1. Sustainable tourism enhances the development of authentic cultural experiences, minimising cultural commodification
  2. The socio-cultural benefits of sustainble tourism outweigh the associated costs/negative impacts to culture, heritage and communities
  3. Sustainable tourism is an important global activity for the conservation and preservation of culture/cultural heritage
  4. A similar statement agreed upon by the lecturer and student that analyses an area of tourism, sustainability and communities, culture and heritage


The presentation should address the following:
  • Clearly identify the statement being debated and your position (agree/disagree)
  • Introduce theoretical concepts underpinning the argument (for/against)
  • Build an argument (for/against) that demonstrates the application of theory with practical, global examples
  • Considers an alternative position and argues why this is not suitable
  • A minimum of 8 references should be used, and at least half (4) should be from academic sources


Format of the presentation:

  • 15 minute recorded presentation supported with visual aids (eg. Powerpoint slides) 
  • As a guide, you should use 12-15 slides
  • All students are to submit visual aids (eg Powerpoint slides) via Moodle, including title slide with statement identified, student name, student number, due date, and a reference slide with key sources in APA format
  • All students are required to record their presentations (via voice-over PPT or Zoom) and uplod the file to Moodle


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (24 Aug 2020) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (7 Sep 2020)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

A detailed marking rubric with assessment criteria and weightings is available on Moodle, which includes the following:

  •  Issue identification: clear identification of statement and your position (for/against)
  • Evaluation of socio-cultural factors: critical evaluation and analysis of the statement and position; incorporation of theoretical principles; use of theoretical evidence (sources) and practical examples to support your argument
  • Content development: logical flow and clarity of the argument throughout presentation
  • Style and conventions: correct use of formal and informal rules inherent in expectations for a presentation, including appropriate use of support materials (visual aids)
  • Syntax and mechanics: use of visual aids; presentation techniques and style; number of sources used; references formatted using APA

Any assessment with a ‘Turnitin’ similarity score of more than 25% will be checked by the marker for plagiarism although it may not necessarily mean that you have plagiarised. If there is a substantial similarity score in the ‘Turnitin’ report, your assessment could be forwarded to the Academic Integrity unit.


Late submission of assessment will incur a 5% penalty per day without an approved extension.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline Online

Submission Instructions
You are required to submit two files to the assessment link in Moodle: a copy of the visual aids (eg. Powerpoint slides) and the recorded presentation (voice-over PPT ro Zoom recording)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • describe and communicate a range of theories and their application to the management of socio-cultural impacts of sustainable tourism;
  • review and evaluate current issues and challenges in implementing socio-cultural principles and practices;
  • identify and analyse the linkages between socio-cultural sustainability, community and economic and environmental sustainability principles; and


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical and Written Assessment (40%)

Task Description

Overview:

Cultural tourism is comprised of many types of experiences that not only portray elements of a destination’s culture, but can impact on the destination’s community, culture and heritage. This assessment is designed to assess your ability to analyse cultural tourism experiences, by critically reflecting on the portrayal of culture and/or heritage, the socio-cultural impacts and sustainability issues.


You are a consultant who has been approached by a tourism operator to evaluate their cultural tourism experience, producing a maximum 2000 word report (excluding title page and references). Your report will be based on a cultural tourism activity you have recently participated in (see below). The report should be a critical reflection that recounts your experience and critically analyses how culture and heritage were portrayed by drawing on theoretical concepts covered in workshops. You should also discuss how and why sustainability principles were/were not incorporated into the experience.


When selecting a suitable cultural tourism experience, you can choose from one of the following options:

  1. If studying in Cairns, you may choose the field trip to that is scheduled for this unit and/or TOUR20020 (the field trip is subject to location and tour operator availability due to COVID-19 restrictions)  OR
  2. If studying in Cairns, you may choose another cultural experience you have participated in   OR
  3. If studying online, you may choose a recent cultural experience you participated in that portrays the local culture and/or cultural heritage of a destination.


The report should address the following:

  • Clearly identify the cultural tourism experience being reported, including background information on the tour company and experience offered
  • Critically reflect on your experience, discussing the socio-cultural, heritage and sustainability aspects
  • Critically analyse the experience in relation to theoretical concepts covered in this unit
  • Identify sustainability principles in conjunction with socio-cultural impacts
  • Photos, illustrations and/or diagrams may be included


Format of the report:

  • Title and byline including student name, student number, due date
  • Maximum 2000 words in length (excluding references)
  • The report can include pictures and other media where appropriate, to support the text
  • References to sources used in the report should be listed at the end in APA format
  • References can include academic and grey (non-academic sources, such as attraction websites) literature, but must include a minimum of ten (10) academic sources (eg. journal article or academic book)


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Monday (14 Sep 2020) 6:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Monday (28 Sep 2020)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

A detailed marking rubric with assessment criteria and weightings is available on Moodle, which includes the following:

  • Critical reflection: clearly identify, describe and reflect on the experience
  • Critical evaluation: critically analyse and evaluate the experience within a sustainable tourism context using key terms; discussing socio-cultural and heritage issues and sustainability principles, as well as community attitudes
  • Content development: logical flow of ideas; critical and reflective analysis; clear, concise and cohesive argument; demonstrates use of sources and evidence
  • Style and conventions: correct use of formal and informal rules inherent in expectations for writing a report that is critical and reflective
  • Syntax and mechanics: sentence construction; grammar, punctuation and spelling; number of references used; references formatted using APA


Any assessment with a ‘Turnitin’ similarity score of more than 25% will be checked by the marker for plagiarism although it may not necessarily mean that you have plagiarised. If there is a substantial similarity score in the ‘Turnitin’ report, your assessment could be forwarded to the Academic Integrity unit.


Late submission of assessment will incur a 5% penalty per day without an approved extension.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit via assessment link on Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • critically examine both positive and negative socio-cultural impacts of tourism, on the communities, culture and heritage in a range of tourism destination settings;
  • describe and communicate a range of theories and their application to the management of socio-cultural impacts of sustainable tourism;
  • review and evaluate current issues and challenges in implementing socio-cultural principles and practices;
  • identify and analyse the linkages between socio-cultural sustainability, community and economic and environmental sustainability principles; and


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment (40%)

Task Description

Overview:
As this unit examines the socio-cultural impacts of tourism on destinations, this task is designed to assess your ability to apply theoretical understanding to the development and management of tourism impacts on communities, culture and heritage in tourism destinations.


You are required to write a maximum 2500 word report (exlcuding title page and references) that analyses 1-2 socio-cultural impacts of tourism in a tourism destination of your choice. The report should clearly identify the destination being analysed, the socio-cultural tourism impact/s being evaluated, the effects (positive and/or negative) on the destination (and its people), and demonstrate why this is the case using examples. Within the report, you should also discuss the management decisions and/or strategies that have contributed to the effects on the destination, and what strategies may be introduced to enhance the sustainable contribution of tourism in relation to the socio-cultural impacts identified. Examples of socio-cultural impacts that you may choose to report on include: loss or retention of cultural heritage; cultural identity in Indigenous communities; authenticity and commodification; cross-cultural awareness; socio-economic impacts on communities (employment, cost of living, quality of livelihoods, amenities and infrastructure, etc); or tourism as a replacement industry in rural/remote communities.


The report should address the following:

  • Introduce the destination used to examine this impact
  • Clearly identify the socio-cultural impact/s (1-2) being examined
  • Analyse the effect of the socio-cultural impact/s in the selected destination using specific examples
  • Highlight the importance and benefits of sustainable tourism with regard to the socio-cultural impact/s being examined
  • Report on the management decisions and/or strategies that enhance the contribution of sustainable tourism in light of this impact


Format of the report:

  • Maximum 2500 words (excluding title page and references)
  • Title page with report title, student name, student number, due date
  • Main body of the report should be word-processed, with appropriate layout and use of headings/sub-headings (eg Introduction, Conclusion, etc), one-and-a-half line spacing
  • Page of references at the end of the report that is correctly formatted using APA
  • At least 10 academic references should be used



Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

This is a summative assessment and as a result, there is limited feedback for this assessment task. Marks will be released on Certification of Grades.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

A detailed marking rubric with assessment criteria and weightings is available on Moodle, which includes the following:

  • Issue identification: clear identification and description of the destination and the socio-cultural impact/s being addressed
  • Evaluation of the socio-cultural impact/s: critical analysis of the socio-cultural impact/s (postive or negative) on the destination using theoretical evidence (sources) and practical examples to support critical analysis
  • Evaluation of tourism strategies: an understanding of the strategies used, and/or that could be introduced, to manage social cultural impacts of tourism; benefits of a sustainble tourism approach
  • Content development: logical flow and clarity of argument throughout the report, demostrating an application of theoretical concepts
  • Style and conventions: correct use of formal and informal rules inherent in expectations for writing a professional report
  • Syntax and mechanics: sentence construction; grammar, punctuation and spelling; length of report; number of references; references formatted in APA


Any assessment with a ‘Turnitin’ similarity score of more than 25% will be checked by the marker for plagiarism although it may not necessarily mean that you have plagiarised. If there is a substantial similarity score in the ‘Turnitin’ report, your assessment could be forwarded to the Academic Integrity unit.


Late submission of assessment will incur a 5% penalty per day without an approved extension.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit via assessment link on Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • critically examine both positive and negative socio-cultural impacts of tourism, on the communities, culture and heritage in a range of tourism destination settings;
  • review and evaluate current issues and challenges in implementing socio-cultural principles and practices;
  • identify and analyse the linkages between socio-cultural sustainability, community and economic and environmental sustainability principles; and
  • apply your knowledge to plan, develop and evaluate a socio-cultural impact assessment strategy.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?