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TOUR422 Tourism and Global Environmental Change

Introduction to tourism and business management in relation to nationally and globally significant natural resources and environments. Critical engagement with the local, national and global environmental issues associated with the sustainable development of tourism.

TOUR 422 addresses the unique challenges associated with sustainable tourism development in relation to global environmental change. This course reflects the substantial growth of interest in the protection of the natural world and the management of natural areas in New Zealand and internationally. TOUR 422 addresses tourism policy, planning, and practice as it relates to the global (macro), national (meso) and regional/local (micro) levels of environmental change. This is a research-informed paper that brings together conceptual and empirical research in combination with in-class and field-based discussions of critical issues in tourism and sustainable development.

Paper title Tourism and Global Environmental Change
Paper code TOUR422
Subject Tourism
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,163.90
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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May not be credited together with TOUR421 passed in 2014 or 2015.
Department of Tourism,
Teaching staff
Professor James Higham
Paper Structure


  • Part 1: Introduction and theoretical context
  • Part 2: Global environmental change
  • Part 3: National scale tourism management
  • Part 4: Local impacts and management
Teaching Arrangements
The paper is delivered in four parts. Each part is informed by set key readings, lecture material, field trips (out of class learning) and enquiry/discussion sessions.

The course delivery, which takes place in the first half of the semester, is integrated with the assessment programme, which is the major focus of the latter part of the semester.
A range of texts is recommended to students rather than a required textbook.

This is a paper that is informed primarily by published conceptual and empirical papers, which are outlined in course reading lists and made available to students online.
Course outline

The course outline will be available on Blackboard at the start of the course.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Research, Scholarship, Communication, Self-motivation, Lifelong learning.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Recognise the main theoretical issues associated with the notion of nature and the natural world, in particular the concept of wilderness, and the tensions these issues present for tourism
  • Recognise the significance of settings designated as wilderness as locations of tourism activity, in particular national parks, marine reserves and other protected areas
  • Critically appreciate the legislative and management frameworks relating to the natural world, particularly wilderness and marine tourism, and especially the processes that occur within these frameworks
  • Engage with key concepts such as urban ecotourism, geoengineering, ecological restoration and rewilding, and the implications for the (re)production, management and experience of the natural world
  • Understand the importance of scale in the development and management of sustainable tourism businesses

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41