This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Admission and fees
2 years FT, 4 years PT
Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management
Award post-nominals (abbreviated award title).
Sustainability represents an increasingly influential facet of tourism planning, development, governance and management, encompassing a diversity of sectors as the industry continues to expand globally. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is also forecasting that the growth rate for emerging economies will be double the rate of advanced economies in the years leading to 2030 and that a sustainable industry can therefore play a significant role in the achievement of the millennium development goals.
Effective planning and policy making for international tourism, and for the management of environmental, socio-cultural and economic consequences is critical. There is a growing demand for well-qualified managers who not only have a broad and deep understanding of global business activity, but a clear insight into the consequences of planning and policy-making on the environment, society, culture and the economy.
This course looks at how tourism can be compatible with the development of sustainable organisations, urban and rural development/regeneration, natural resource management and wildlife conservation, as well as the diversifying benefits from international and domestic tourism. It facilitates the development of skills and techniques to develop tourism policies and practices in a global setting and to management tourism development and enterprises in the direction of more sustainable practice.
Students are encouraged to take part of their studies overseas in order to broad their understanding of the international market and the role that a sustainable tourism industry can play in emerging economies. The course provides students with the opportunity to attend a partially funded intensive field school to study the patterns of development within an emerging economy in the Asia-Pacific such as Fiji, Vietnam or Cambodia.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Foundations for international sustainable tourism management studies, Part B. Core master's study and Part C. Advanced expertise. All students complete Part B. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or a combination of the two.
Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.
These studies will introduce you to international sustainable tourism studies at advanced undergraduate or graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.
These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of the tourism industry, policy governance and research, to develop a critical understanding of the relationships between tourism and sustainable development with a particular emphasis on emerging economies and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises within them.
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options.
The first option is a program of coursework study where you select the units to suit your own interests. This option includes the opportunity to undertake an internship in the field.
The second option is a 24 point research thesis. Students wishing to use this master's course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this second option.
Students admitted to the course, who have a recognised honours degree in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences, will receive credit for Part C, however, should they wish to complete a 24 point research project as part of the course they should consult with the course coordinator.
The course comprises 96 points structured into three parts: Part A. Foundations for international sustainable tourism management studies (24 points), Part B. Core master's study (48 points) and Part C. Advanced expertise (24 points).
Depending on prior qualifications you may receive entry level credit (a form of block credit) which determines your point of entry to the course:
Note: Students eligible for credit for prior studies may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.
All students must complete a minimum of 48 credit points at level 5 and a maximum of 24 points at level 2 or 3 for entry point 1. Unless otherwise stated, units with codes beginning with 2 or 3 are 6 points, and units with codes beginning with a 5 are 12 points.
a. Two 6 point units (12 points) from the following, taken during the first full time equivalent year of study:
b. One unit (12 points) from the electives listed in Part C
a. The following units (36 points):
b. One capstone unit (12 points) from the following:*
* Students electing to take the research thesis option and APG5856 should consult with the course coordinator.
Students complete either a. or b. below.
a. The following unit/s:
** Students admitted to the course at entry level 3 who wish to complete this 24 point research thesis should consult with the course coordinator.
b. Units (24 points) as follows:
and one elective unit from the following:
* Students admitted at entry level 1 must complete at least 24 points of sustainability units. Students admitted at entry level 2 must complete at least 12 points of sustainability units.
Students entering at Entry levels 1 and 2 can complete a research thesis (24 points) that will provide a pathway to a higher degree by research. Students entering at entry level 3 will normally already have an honours degree, however, students in this group who wish to complete a research thesis in international sustainable tourism management should discuss the options with the course coordinator.
Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements indicated for that award during their enrolment in this master's course: