Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Contemporary Issues in International Tourism

Course summary

Course code: CATE1183
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Business Faculty
Department: Marketing, Events and Tourism
Course Coordinator(s): James Kennell


Pre and co requisites



This course identifies and analyses some of the key contemporary issues that are pertinent to the international tourism industry. The content focuses on those issues that are deemed to be the most significant for the industry at the time of teaching. They might refer to global trends, major government agendas, policy shifts or changing management strategies. Each year three key issues are explored on this course from the perspectives such as policy, sustainability or culture. This course extends the student’s knowledge in the field of tourism and develops their research skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Critically analyse a range of contemporary issues affecting the tourism industry
2 Carry out independent research into contemporary issues affecting the tourism industry
3 Critically discuss complex issues affecting the tourism industry

Indicative content

This course responds to emerging or unforeseen events development of relevance to the tourism industry. In recent years, these included the foot and mouth outbreak in the UK, SARS in Asia, the Asian tsunami disaster and the global terrorism events of 9/11 and 7/7. Tutorial content are focused around material researched by students from journal articles, newspapers and websites that give insight to contemporary issues affecting the tourism sector.

Teaching and learning activity

This course will be delivered through a series of lectures and tutorials. Activities and materials that will be used to deliver the course include the following: structured reading to prepare for tutorials, field visits, case studies, role‐playing activities, debates, discussion of newspaper and other articles and assessment briefing and feedback work‐shops.


Portfolio - 100% weighting, 40% pass mark, 3500 word equivalent.