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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Examines tourist behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour using the theoretical insights drawn from social psychology, sociology, cultural geography and anthropology. The unit explores the tourist experience in relation to pre-travel, at-destination, and post-travel phases. Tourist behaviour and the socio-cultural and environmental impacts of the behaviour and social interactions are examined at individual, social group and societal levels.

Unit content

  1. Conceptualising the tourist within contemporary society
  2. Motivations, expectations and satisfaction
  3. Destination decision-making and destination image
  4. Tourist embodiment: Gender and disability
  5. Tourist behaviours: Sightseeing, photography and shopping
  6. Research approaches to studying tourist behaviour
  7. Environmental impacts of tourist interactions and behaviour
  8. Socio-cultural Impacts of the tourist interactions and behaviour
  9. The ethical tourist?

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 Critically discuss and apply the various theoretical and disciplinary approaches to tourist behaviour
2 Identify and analyse the positive and negative impacts of tourists on destinations and communities
3 Apply ethical perspectives to tourist behaviour and interactions
4 Describe and explain the various approaches to tourist behaviour research

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

  1. Critically discuss and apply the various theoretical and disciplinary approaches to tourist behaviour
    • GA4:
  2. Identify and analyse the positive and negative impacts of tourists on destinations and communities
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. Apply ethical perspectives to tourist behaviour and interactions
    • GA3:
  4. Describe and explain the various approaches to tourist behaviour research
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.