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TOUR423 Advanced Tourism Concepts

An examination of the core concepts of tourism studies which incorporates the fields of leisure and recreation, hospitality, and events in a broad social, economic, and environmental frame.

This paper is a core paper of the MTour degree and is aimed at developing students' thinking, questioning and understanding about tourism at the master's level. Through fieldtrips, classes and student-centred discussion sessions, students develop a holistic understanding of tourism, recognising it as both an industry and a field of study that has significant connectedness and implications in the socio-cultural, environmental, political and economic realms. In addition, students will develop an understanding of their own positioning in relation to tourism ethics, issues of sustainability and use of research methodologies.

Paper title Advanced Tourism Concepts
Paper code TOUR423
Subject Tourism
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (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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Teaching staff

Professor Hazel Tucker

Teaching Arrangements

One weekly 3-hour lecture.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course outline

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

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will develop:

  • A holistic understanding of tourism as both an industry and a social practice with broad connectedness and implications
  • An ability to think through, question and form solid arguments around critical and global issues related to tourism
  • An appreciation of the differences and linkages between the approaches of tourism management and tourism studies
  • A critical approach to the conduct of tourism research, including a reflective understanding of one's own values and positioning in one's approach to research
  • An appreciation of the importance of ethical issues in tourism practice and research

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22