Learning Resources Bank

Self guided field trip and report

1. Students undertake a self-guided fieldtrip to a key tourist destination in the area (e.g. Blue Mountains, Sydney Harbour) and are asked to undertake a series of observations with respect to tourist behaviour, tourism infrastructure (e.g. advertising/signage/media) and tourism industry operations.

2. Students are asked to apply key concepts from the sociology of tourism (e.g. tourist gaze, social construction of tourist attractions) to their observations, which in turn provide the basis for their report (assessable).

3. The report is assessed on the basis of the extent to which students are able to analyse and explain what they have seen with reference to theoretical knowledge.