TOUR20021 - Tourism Impacts on Community, Culture and Heritage

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Postgraduate
Unit 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 pre-requisites for the 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).

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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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 66.67% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Voice
Students enjoyed the content and practical application of theory in unit content, discussions and assessment.
Continue incorporating contemporary materials that support theoretical concepts and provide opportunities to deepen students' learning and understanding across a range of contexts.
Action Taken
Completed - positive feedback received in this regard.
Source: Student Voice
Continue to update materials to reflect contemporary issues (post COVID-19)
Update materials when next offered
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment