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Course Description

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This course will provide a discussion and investigation of tourism from an interdisciplinary point of view. The subject of tourism development cuts across many disciplines and is fundamental to a variety of scholars and practitioners working in tourism and development generally. While a variety of important theories and planning practices from a variety of disciplines have been selected for study, planning and community development theory will provide the overarching perspective. The features of planning theories and models stress analysis and intervention into human and environmental systems. This perspective begins with the view that tourism is a complicated human construct and as such needs to be structured and guided in order to maximize the benefits and minimize the negative impacts to all stakeholders in the system.

The certification mark recognizes that this course met Quality Matters Review Standards

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
  • Identify, describe, and evaluate emergent tourism trends, issues, challenges, and opportunities as related to the course readings;
  • Examine and explain your perspective on the roles of tourism venue, enterprise, and location;
  • Discuss the role of tourism development and planning theories in the majority world;
  • Critically evaluate diverse perspectives in the tourism planning industry;
  • Articulate awareness of ethical elements important to tourism planning in the majority world;
  • Compare and contrast tourism development concepts, ideologies, and trepidations that permeate tourism development in different regional contexts;
  • Analyze the roles of tourism and stakeholders in tourism in the majority world;
  • Analyze and assess the strength of development and planning theories and the implications of tourism development in a specific location in the majority world;
  • Apply knowledge of tourism planning to real-life situations; and
  • Identify and explain the major concepts, theories, and ideologies of tourism planning presented throughout the course.

Course Topics

  • Types and Forms of Tourism and Tourism Related Migration
  • Planning Processes, Planning Theories, and Tourism Motivation
  • Tourism Development: Processes, Theories, and Financial Institutions
  • Gender, Development, and Alternative Tourism Endeavors
  • Community Building and Tourism Impact Assessment
  • Tourism Policies, NGOs, and Training and Education for Tourism
  • Tourism Ethics and Tourism Critiques
  • The Possibilities, Realities, and Impacts of Tourism
  • Trends, Needed Changes, and Future Outlook of Tourism as Tools for Development

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits


Assessment Item Weight
Unit Discussions 15%
Opinion Piece - Part 1 5%
Opinion Piece - Part 2 10%
Position Paper 25%
Case Study 30%
Online Final Exam 15%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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