The unit facilitates scholarly reflection on the roles that sustainability can play in contemporary management with particular reference to tourism and event enterprises. Students will develop capacity to appraise approaches organisations can take to balance the economic, social and environmental impacts of their activities. Students will examine the principles of ethical and responsible behaviour with reference to organisations in both the profit and not for profit sectors and they will critique how ethical and responsible behaviours can help meet environmental, social, and economic obligations to stakeholders. Students will also review methods of evaluating performance and will recommend models of best practice. Topics include the carbon cycle, the ecological footprint, business ethics, corporate social responsibility and performance, responsible tourism, waste and recycling, sustainable design principles and marketing sustainable practices. Students will develop capabilities to critique, recommend and justify sustainability approaches by engaging in a range of practical problem solving sessions involving team work, case study analysis, online learning activities, peer discussion and review and self-reflection.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Reflect in a scholarly manner upon principles of ethical and responsible behaviour and their roles in both the profit and not for profit sectors to promote responsible and ethical citizenship;  
  2. Critique corporate social responsibility programs in a range of tourism, hospitality or event enterprises with reference to their capacity to meet the environmental, social, and economic obligations of their stakeholders;  
  3. Appraise contemporary short and long term sustainability issues that can confront tourism, hospitality, and event enterprises;  
  4. Debate the significance of sustainability and the role that management of organisations in both the profit and not for profit sectors can contribute; and  
  5. Work collaboratively in a team to elucidate and justify sustainability approaches with reference to methods of evaluating performance and models of best practice that can address important, complex and unpredictable problems.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Quizzes 20%
Assignment Written Group Assignment 30%
Creative Works Image Slideshow 10%
Test In-Class Test 40%

Required reading

Sustainability in Australian business: principles and practice
Moscardo, G., Lamberton,G., Wells, G et al. 2013,
Wiley-Blackwell, Milton, QLD

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