Module Code: 2233THS

Module Subject: Social impact of tourism Assessment Essay

Weight: 30% mark out of 30 marks

Description

Students are required to submit a 1500-word social impact assessment essay to assess current issues around the social impact of tourism. The essay should be written in the format of an evidence-based, analytical and opinion piece for The Conversation (https://theconversation.com/au), an intellectual commentary site. Examples of Conversation- style articles are provided in the A2 assessment folder. Conversation-style articles are similar to op-ed pieces or blog posts.

You are required to provide a critical analysis and commentary on a contemporary issue related to the social impact of tourism, with implications on ethical conflicts and social responsibilities. Below is a list of suggested topics:

  1. Social impact of overtourism
  2. Social impact of sharing economy
  3. Social movement against unsustainable tourism development
  4. Issues related to human rights, inequalities or social justice in tourism
  5. Impact of tourism on global health crisis (e.g. How tourist movement and global mobility contribute to the spread of disease. The focus should NOT be the impact of the pandemic on tourism.)
  6. Other topics of your choice

The essay should provide an insightful overview of the topic, followed by a critical analysis of the issue, including the causes, ethical conflicts, and social responsibilities. The essay should end with inventive recommendations to impact assessment and sustainable tourism development.

A good opinion piece must be grounded in research. You should provide examples, facts, statistics and references* to build your case and support your claims. You are required to relate your analysis to at least two of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). You should also refer to at least one theory or theoretical concept in the essay.

Some topics may have been published online as opinion pieces. As such, it is important that you read widely, distil your own understanding, idea and opinion, and relate to what you learn in the course when writing the essay.

Return of Marked Assessment and Release of Marks

The reports will be marked according to the criteria listed in the Marking Criteria document. The marked essays and feedback will be available via SafeAssign submission point TWO weeks after the submission of report. Marks for all assessment items will be recorded in the Marks Centre and made available to students through My Marks on [email protected]

 

Criteria Assignment tasks Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
1. Identification and evaluation of a social impact topic (with implications on social responsibilities/ ethical conflicts)

(2.5 marks)

Students must begin their essay with an overview of the topic, justification and supporting statistics/ examples. Identifies and evaluates a social impact topic (with implications on social responsibilities/ ethical conflicts) with exemplary clarity and ethical insight.

(2.5)

Clearly and consistently identifies and evaluates a social impact topic (with implications on social responsibilities/ ethical conflicts). (2) Adequately identifies and evaluates a social impact topic (with implications on social responsibilities/ ethical conflicts). (1.5) Basic identification and/or evaluation of a social impact topic (with implications on social responsibilities/ ethical conflicts). (1) Limited or no identification and/or evaluation of a social impact topic (with implications on social responsibilities/ ethical conflicts). (0.5)
2. Interpret the theories/concepts/fram eworks and results from published tourism social impact research related to social responsibilities and ethical conflicts

(10 marks)

Students provides a critical analysis of the topic, encompassing definition/explanation, causes, and theory/concept related to social responsibility and ethical conflicts. Recognises and demonstrates sophisticated knowledge of theories/ concepts/frameworks.

Provides an exceptional level of interpretation and critical analysis.

(9-10)

Recognises and demonstrates a high level of knowledge of theories/concepts/ frameworks.

Provides a thorough level of interpretation and critical analysis. (7-8)

Recognises and demonstrates a reasonable knowledge of theories/concepts/ frameworks.

Provides an adequate level of interpretation and critical analysis. (5-6)

Recognises and demonstrates a basic knowledge of theories/concepts/ frameworks.

Provides a basic level of interpretation and critical analysis. (2-4 marks)

Limited or no ability to recognise or demonstrate knowledge of theories/concepts/ frameworks.

Provides limited interpretation and analysis. (1)

3. Depth and breadth of research, including referencing

(5 marks)

Students are required to provide examples, facts, statistics and references to build the essay. A minimum of 10 references/links are expected with at least 3 academic references. Demonstrates exceptional and enterprising effort to gather data/information from an extensive variety of sources. All references are properly included in-text as hyperlinks and collated at

the end of the essay. (5)

Demonstrates high-level effort to gather data/information from a large variety of sources. Most references are properly included in-text as hyperlinks and collated at

the end of the essay. (4)

Demonstrates reasonable effort to gather data/information from a number of obvious/relevant sources.

Some references are

included. Some issues with referencing style. (3)

Demonstrates surface-level effort to gather data/information from some obvious/relevant sources. References are limited.

Incorrect referencing style. (2)

Demonstrates little or no effort to gather data/information from obvious/relevant sources. References are absent. Incorrect referencing style. (1)
4. Application of social responsibility and sustainability through standards/codes of conducts such as UNSDGs in relevant business contexts

(5 marks)

Students are required to provide recommendations to impact assessment and sustainable tourism development. Demonstrates an excellent application/insight of the concept of sustainable development and social responsibility. (5) Demonstrates a very good application/insight of the concept of sustainable development and social responsibility. (4) Demonstrates a good application/insight of the concept of sustainable development and social responsibility. (3) Demonstrates adequate application/insight of the concept of sustainable development and social responsibility. (2) Demonstrates limited application/insight of the concept of sustainable development and social responsibility. (1)
5. Conclusions and/or implications

(2.5 marks)

Students are required to end the essay with a key message that echoes the key points/arguments and a call for action. Appropriate and highly insightful conclusions/implications, which are clearly related to the key points/arguments.

(2.5)

Appropriate and insightful conclusions/implications, which are related to key points/arguments. (2) Adequate conclusions/implications, which are related to key points/arguments in the document. (1.5) Conclusions/implications presented, which are partially related to the key points/arguments. (1) Very limited or no ability to identify and present conclusions/implications. (0.5)
6. Organisation, structure and overall presentation

(5 marks)

Students are expected to present the essay in the format of an opinion piece for The Conversation. The essay should be written in a professional and coherent manner. Ideas are arranged in an extremely logical, structured and coherent manner. No spelling or grammatical errors. The essay

is professionally

presented. (5)

The ideas are arranged

in a logical, structured and coherent

manner. Very few spelling or grammatical errors. The essay is for the most part professionally presented.

(4)

The ideas are arranged in a somewhat logical, structured and coherent manner. Some spelling or grammatical errors.

Some professional presentation is evident. (3)

The ideas appear less logical, structured and presents in a fairly incoherent manner. A number of spelling and/or grammatical errors.

Professional presentation is

lacking. (2)

There is little, if any, coherent structure. The essay appears very confusing. Many spelling and/or grammatical errors. Professional presentation is absent. (1)

 

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