REC200 Sustainable Management of Tourism and Recreation (8)

Sustainable tourism and recreation is an industry sector of growing size and importance, with various models applied around the world to seek better environmental, economic and socio-cultural outcomes for natural areas, communities, businesses and destinations. This subject introduces key concepts of sustainable tourism and recreation and explores the practical application within Australian and global contexts. This subject also identifies and analyses the potential impacts of tourism and recreation on a wide range of environments (including national parks, protected areas, cultural heritage sites), and appraises strategies for their management. On completion, students have a sound understanding of sustainable tourism and recreation management.


Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: REC200. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe and communicate the key terminology, principles, concepts and theories underpinning sustainable tourism and recreation;
  • be able to identify the experiential, environmental, socio-cultural and economic impacts of sustainable tourism and recreation and critically discuss their management;
  • be able to review and analyse current issues and challenges in implementing sustainable management practises in sustainable tourism and recreation settings;
  • be able to appraise and review fundamental strategies and frameworks associated with the implementation of sustainable tourism and recreation planning; and
  • be able to define and apply best-practice principles for sustainable tourism and recreation settings


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to sustainable tourism and recreation;
  • Sustainable tourism and recreation definitions, markets and environments;
  • Experiential, environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects of sustainable tourism and recreation;
  • Sustainable tourism and recreation planning and management; and
  • Sustainable tourism and recreation in the future

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of REC200 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Introductory student activity
Ecotourism and sustainable tourism essay
Ecotourism case study presentation
Best practice ecotourism report

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.