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SSUD11-107: Sun, Sand, Surf and Cities: Waikiki to Gold Coast


At first glance, coastal tourism cities appear remarkably alike – for example Waikiki and Miami in the US, Torremolinos and other Spanish resort cities, Pattaya in Thailand, and Australia’s Gold Coast.  There is a common image of hedonistic holiday-makers occupying high-rise buildings lining the beachfront in stunning natural environments.  But when we look more closely, it is possible to discern that these mass tourism places are more unique than at first appears.  Drawing on international comparisons and detailed in-the-field examination of the Gold Coast, this subject examines these places through various ‘cultural landscape lenses’ and explores how they plan their transformation into dynamic cities and regions.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

1. Understand and explain common characteristics relating to the growth of mass tourism coastal resort areas 2. Interpret deeper qualities and characteristics of tourist cities to discern distinctive characteristics beyond their superficial similarities 3. Interpret cultural landscapes by applying different lenses to their examination 4. Understand and evaluate the transformation of coastal tourist resort areas into cities and city regions

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021