This degree combines studies in social science and business, providing graduates with the flexibility, knowledge and skills needed for a wide range of careers in tourism, hospitality, recreation, leisure and sport in the public and private sectors.
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Tourism Management at Western
Combining social science and business, this unique degree will equip you with transferable skills relevant to any industry. As a graduate, you will enter the workforce uniquely equipped with both specialist cultural and managerial knowledge, and a wealth of practical experience. At its core, this degree provides an in-depth introduction to the foundations of the tourism industry and a consideration of its natural, political and cultural environments.
Areas of focus include tourism and destination planning and management; local community opportunities; economic development; indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities. With a variety of flexible electives, you can also study a wide variety of fields including geography and urban studies, development studies, human resource management, and marketing.
Learn from the best
You will be taught by experienced and knowledgeable staff with international reputations, all of whom bring with them close connections with the Sydney tourism industry, such as Destination NSW, Sydney Olympic Park, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents, local government, and professional bodies.
The Bachelor of Tourism Management is endorsed by our industry partners, such as Incognitus, an international event management firm, and Western Sydney Parklands Trust.
The Bachelor of Tourism Management was awarded the bronze medal in the 2017 NSW Tourism Awards for Tourism Education and Training.
Why study Tourism Management?
The course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.
Social Anthropology is the study of humans and the cultures they create. The major in Anthropology offers students the opportunity to examine social patterns and practices across cultures, to discover similarities and differences between cultures, and to understand the processes by which humans organise and create meaning. Areas of focus include the development of anthropology as a discipline; globalisation and culture; power and politics; gender and sexuality; identity and belonging; ethnography and ethnographic methods; indigenous peoples and nation states.
Students in this major examine the geography of contemporary Australian cities and regions. Geography is the integrated study of people, places and environments. The cutting edge interests of today’s Geographers include post-colonialism, the emergence of global information economies, indigenous issues, class and cultural disparities, population movement, sexuality and space, and the global diffusion of popular culture.
Urban Studies is a newer discipline focused on social justice within the city, through its critical assessments of peoples’ access to scarce urban resources, such as housing, transport, education and employment.
In a highly mobile world (migration, tourism, media and communications, travel and transport) and in contemporary life where the preservation of historical and natural environments present as one of the major challenges facing all societies, heritage has become a touchstone for social and cultural identity, our understanding of modernity, peace and development, our senses of citizenship, custodianship and community.
At the same time heritage places have become significant tourist destinations and so in a world of flows and networks, the heritage-tourism relationship is a critical one. In the 21st century it is impossible to disentangle the two.
This major introduces contemporary heritage issues and provides an in-depth understanding of tourism as a social phenomenon. It enables a critical examination of the relationship between heritage and tourism in number of settings within Australia (including Indigenous Australia) and internationally.
Humanitarian and Development Studies covers all aspects of disaster management, humanitarian assistance, and development to equip students with the required skills, knowledge, and practical experience (i.e. humanitarian crisis simulation + international placement) that make them ready to work with national and international government and non-government organisations implementing short- and long-term life-saving programs.
This major examines and critiques the concept of human rights, and looks at how the development of people and their skills is essential to the 21st century workplace. It will show how differentials of political and economic power between countries and groups within countries are used to prioritise and preference different rights so as to justify selective humanitarian efforts in the initial phases of peace-making and the policy requirements for peace-building in human social, economic and cultural development.
By examining the key processes of employee learning, development and career management, participants will understand human rights developments impacts on workers’ employability and careers, organisational effectiveness and economic sustainability.
The Peace and Development Studies major is concerned with methods for promoting peace, human rights and sustainability. It involves a critical analysis of inequalities of power and opportunity that lead to international and local conflict, social dislocation and environmental degradation. Students will examine the structural causes of racist and gendered violence, environmental crises, forced migration, poverty, resource conflict, and inter-generational inequity. The inter-related network of solutions includes empowerment and self-determination, sustainable living, constructive development, peacemaking and peace building. These require understanding of the theories and method for identifying, measuring and resolving conflict and environmental degradation.
The major in Sociology provides students with a thorough training in the methods, theories and select leading areas of contemporary sociology. As well as units in which methods and theories are taught, through the social science core, students enrolled in the Sociology major will have opportunities to study a number of particular themes from a sociological perspective, including inequalities, deviance, identities, gender, religion, medicine and health care, ethnicity and migration, and the family, among other possibilities.
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Graduates of this degree find career opportunities in areas including:
- Cultural, tourism, and leisure industry development
- National Park conservation and management
- Tourism policy development
- Destination and event marketing
- Visitor attractions management
- Research roles in national, regional, and local tourism offices
Event Managers plan, organise and execute events like musical concerts, arts and food festivals and conventions. They meet with clients and coordinate all the elements needed to make events a success.
Travel Advisers plan and organise travel and accommodation for clients, and provide travel and accommodation information to tourists.
Product Development Manager
Product Development Managers work in collaboration to create financially viable and long-term sustainable portfolios of tourism products, attractions and opportunities.
Tourism Market Researcher
Researchers pursuing an interest in tourism marketing will revolve primarily around tracking trends in visitor preferences and experiences
Policy Development Officer
Policy Development Officers create frameworks for decision-making, investments, regulations and planning issues in the development of tourism within a region.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.