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TOUR411 Tourist Culture

An advanced paper aimed at understanding tourists from a social and cultural perspective, including the scope and nature of tourism and tourist places.

This paper is an important one as it reflects a crucial aspect of tourism - the tourist. The paper provides students with a critical understanding of tourists from a variety of perspectives and introduces key theories relevant to tourist culture. The paper will address such questions as: 'Why do people travel?', 'Who are the "emerging" tourist markets and what do they seek through travel?', 'What influences where people decide to go for a holiday and what they do?' and 'What are the current and future trends in tourist behaviour?'

Paper title Tourist Culture
Paper code TOUR411
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 3-hour lecture per week.


John Urry and Jonas Larson (2011) The Tourist Gaze 3.0 (Sage) is a good book to acquire in relation to TOUR 411.

Course outline

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

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will develop:

  • A thorough understanding of key concepts and theories relating to the study of tourists
  • A holistic and interdisciplinary approach in their study of tourists
  • An appreciation of the dynamics of change in relation to tourist markets and behaviours
  • An ability to think reflexively about their own behaviour as a tourist and as a part of the tourism industry
  • An ability to think critically and to ask relevant questions in relation to the academic study of tourists and tourist culture

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-15:50 9-14, 16, 18-22