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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to the phenomenon of Special Interest Tourism and its relationship to more traditional forms of tourism and leisure. Critically examines various special interest and 'niche' tourism market segments, the growth and diversity of these segments, and their impact on individuals, communities, the tourism industry and policy makers.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to unit: Defining special interest and niche tourism

Topic 2 The emergence of SIT: Changing patterns of tourist consumption

Topic 3 The gourmet traveller: Food and wine tourism

Topic 4 Cure on tour: Health, wellness and medical tourism

Topic 5 The attraction of revulsion: Dark tourism

Topic 6 A journey of self-discovery: Genealogy tourism

Topic 7 Into the wild: Adventure and nature based tourism

Topic 8 Giving and taking: Volunteer and responsible tourism

Topic 9 Shakespeare and Sundance: Film, literature and music tourism

Topic 10 Critical issues in SIT: The future of niche tourism

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 define the concepts of special interest tourism and niche tourism
2 discuss the emergence of special interest tourism/niche tourism, within the context of changing tourist consumption patterns
3 critically evaluate different special interest tourism/niche tourism sectors, associated markets and impacts
4 use presentation skills to analyse selected special interest tourism/niche tourism sectors.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. define the concepts of special interest tourism and niche tourism
    • GA4:
  2. discuss the emergence of special interest tourism/niche tourism, within the context of changing tourist consumption patterns
    • GA4:
  3. critically evaluate different special interest tourism/niche tourism sectors, associated markets and impacts
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. use presentation skills to analyse selected special interest tourism/niche tourism sectors.
    • GA1:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.