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Dr Hughes has been teaching and researching in the area of tourism for approximately 25 years, and prior to commencing with UQ, worked at James Cook University, Darwin University and QUT. Her PhD explored the impact of wildlife tourism and post-visit support on families’ conservation learning. Since commencing teaching at UQ in 2009, she has earned a reputation for her ability to effectively engage large classes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Karen’s approach to classroom teaching is based on the belief that engagement and enjoyment are fundamental to student learning. Her classes include a variety of informal debates; personal reflection exercises; think, pair, share exercises; small group discussions; ‘share my culture’ activities; speed networking sessions, role plays and case studies. The aim is to develop a supportive environment that values co-creation of knowledge. Wherever possible, classroom activities are designed to encourage students to discuss their experiences, knowledge and insights; to solve problems specific to their home country; and to understand other viewpoints.

This course examines the design and management of tourist experiences. It explores settings ranging from the global to local landscapes, streetscapes and servicescapes. Topics include visitor motivation, designing and staging tourist experiences, orientation, interpretation, visitor learning, and managing cross-cultural and social interactions.

The course is a post-graduate course for a cohort that is predominantly Chinese. It is specifically designed for students with no previous qualifications in tourism, hospitality and events. Sessions use a lecture/workshop format where activities and exercises are blended with traditional lectures for the 150-160 students.

The best weeks to attend are: 1,2,4,5 and 11

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