Sustainable Tourism and Regional Development

Faculteit Campus Fryslân
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode CFMCG06A05
Vaknaam Sustainable Tourism and Regional Development
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Sustainable Tourism and Regional Development
Omschrijving The tourism sector often functions as a tool to achieve regional development outcomes. From this perspective, tourism development is seen to lead to regional synergy effects, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative benefits for destinations. However, practically analysing and evaluating these regional development impacts is often problematic because of the uneven dispersal of impacts in space, among stakeholders, and between economic, ecological and socio-cultural spheres.

This course examines the role of tourism in regional sustainable development questions in theory and in practice, in areas such as the transnational Wadden Sea region. The course combines general insights in the sustainable development issues and tourism potential of specific areas with specific cultural geography theories such as sense of place. It provides students with instruments to understand the socio-economic and environmental opportunities and challenges of a region from a tourism development perspective; to describe the existing and/or expected impact of tourism development on that region; to determine the impact of tourism development on the economy, the natural environment, and the local community; and to evaluate whether that impact is sustainable. It thus allows students to tackle the topic of tourism and regional sustainable development from a multifaceted, holistic, and region-oriented perspective. Students will also become familiar with several measurement approaches and techniques to practically evaluate the role and impact of tourism in regional economic, environmental, and community development. The course will employ a problem-based learning approach, which promotes and enhances the students’ analytical kills, problem solving skills and team working skills.
Uren per week
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Dr. K.A. Schulz
Docent(en) M.L. Muldoon, PhD.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Cultural Geography  (Tourism, Geography and Planning) 1 semester I b verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester I b keuze