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Courses master track Tourism Geography and Planning

Tourism as a socio-cultural and spatial phenomenon has become a major constituent of flows of people at different geographical scales. Tourism geography and planning explores the interactions amongst tourists, visitors, and inhabitants in and with places.

What effects does tourism have on places visited and on the inhabitants of those places? How are tourism destinations socio-culturally and spatially constructed? How do tourists influence and experience spaces, places and cultures? How can regional identities be used in tourism planning, and which role(s) can tourism play in regional development?

These questions will be critically explored in the Masters Track Tourism Geography & Planning. This track is part of the master programme Cultural Geography. All courses are taught in Leeuwarden at RUG/Campus Fryslân, in collaboration with the School of Tourism Management at Stenden University of Applied Sciences

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What will you learn?

The programme of the master track Tourism Geography and Planning consists of the following courses in 2018/2019. Click on the course title to go to the full course description, information about lecturers, literature and time period. Course information will be added as soon as possible.

Tourism and culture (5 EC)

With the development of regions through tourism the task of maintaining cultural and environmental integrity in small, fragile communities becomes increasingly important. The potential for tourism to contribute to quick economic gains, such environmental and cultural integrity might be sacrificed. Employing planning theories students will critically understand such risks. A case-study approach to planning, and using planning theories are adopted in this course.

Lecturer: dr. H.J.W. Stoffelen

Place, regions and identities (5 EC)

This course considers some of the key overarching concepts and ideas in cultural geography, especially those pertinent to regional development. We specifically consider the issues of ‘place and identity’, ‘dwelling and mobility’, ‘roots and routes’, ‘change and authenticity’, ‘culture and nature’, ‘difference and othering’, as well as the concepts of landscape, resilience, resistance, endogenous regional development and the cultural economy.

Lecturer: prof. Frank Vanclay

Fieldwork cultural geography (5 EC)

The fieldwork aims at learning and practicing different methods that can be used to do empirical research into cultural geographical key concepts such as place attachment, sense of place, (regional) identities, representations, iconic landscapes, and liveability in the field. This course partly takes place abroad.

Lecturers: dr. Peter Groote, dr. Tialda Haartsen

Nature, landscape and heritage (5 EC)

Natural, heritage and landscape values of the rural and urban environment are studied to understand the different appreciations and valuations of places and areas in society. During lectures, attention will be paid to the birth and evolution of the idea of the preservation of the past and its paradigmatic transformation into heritage, with a specific focus on cultural, natural and geoheritage. The main contemporary issues and controversies surrounding heritage and identifications in pluralistic societies will also be addressed, including practical examples during (guest) lectures

Lecturers: dr.ir. E.W. Meijles, dr. P.D. Groote, ir. B.M. Boumans, MSc

Tourism and Regional Development (5 EC)

This course examines the implications of and potential for tourism in regional development. Topics to be addressed include: regional tourism, sustainable development, and principles conducive to sustainable tourism planning and community development. The developmental problems and solutions in the Wadden region in connection to the tourism phenomenon will function as example. This course will employ a problem-based learning approach, which promotes and enhances students’ analytical skills, problem solving skill and team working skills. This course will be developed and delivered in collaboration with the Wadden Akademie http://www.waddenacademie.nl/en/ so as to support the Wadden Akademie to develop a sustainable knowledge structure for the Wadden Sea Region.

Lecturer: dr. H.J.W. Stoffelen

Qualitative research methods (5 EC)

The objective of this course is (1) to provide advanced training in qualitative data collection methods; and (2) to introduce a variety of data analysis approaches for textual and visual qualitative data. The course will start with an introduction to qualitative research and then move on to the design and conduct of in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, use of visual methods and participatory techniques of data collection.

Lecturers: S.L. Bolderman, MA.

Tourism planning and practice (5 EC)

Lecturers: With the development of regions through tourism the task of maintaining cultural and environmental integrity in small, fragile communities becomes increasingly important. The potential for tourism to contribute to quick economic gains, such environmental and cultural integrity might be sacrificed. Employing planning theories students will critically understand such risks. A case-study approach to planning, and using planning theories are adopted in this course.

Lecturer: dr. H.J.W. Stoffelen

Social impact assessment (5 EC)

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is the process of managing the social issues of projects and policies. This course enables students to understand the significance, possibilities and pitfalls relating to the use of SIA with interventions that have spatial consequences.

Lecturer: prof.dr. Frank Vanclay

Masterthesis (20 EC)

The Master Thesis is carried out individually. The research is performed under the supervision of a teacher and has to connect to the current research projects of the department of Cultural Geography. The topic of the Master Thesis needs to be of a clear cultural geographical nature.

dr. Arie Stoffelen
dr. Arie Stoffelen

Programme coordinator

Master track Tourism Geography and Planning:

dr. Arie Stoffelen

Last modified:04 September 2018 2.13 p.m.