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SLE215 - Nature Interpretation and Tourism

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Not available in 2018, available from 2019 onwards

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
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Unit chair:

Geoffrey Wescott





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Contact hours:

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.  *Students are also required to attend 3 x 3 hour class per trimester at the Burwood (Melbourne) campus.


Ecotourism is a rapidly expanding field of tourism globally, and given society’s growing interest in the environment, coupled with increased access into remote areas, this field of tourism is anticipated to grow. In this unit we critically examine the key components of ecotourism, with a view to exploring what ecotourism delivers in relation to what many expect from it. Interpretation, one key element of ecotourism is investigated in detail, using case studies involving cultural and natural heritage to understand the effectiveness of different interpretative techniques, namely face to face and written forms of interpretation. Wildlife tourism is also examined in detail during this unit. Wildlife tourism, perceived by many as a form of ecotourism, is another rapidly expanding field within the tourism sector. During this unit students will analyse wildlife-human interactions and the associated impacts in relation to changes in wildlife behaviour and responses. The management of negative interactions will be explored and any negatives will be examined in relation to social and economic benefits/costs to host communities.


Book review 30%, Ecotour design and communication 30%, group management plan proposal 40%

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