Tourism and Regional Development

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2020/21
Vaknaam Tourism and Regional Development
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Tourism and Regional Development: The Transnational Wadden Sea Region
Leerdoelen 1. Discuss and critically examine the current academic discussions on:
- Regional development processes from the perspective of tourism;
- Policy and planning for using tourism for regional development;
- Balancing between contrasting and potentially conflicting economic, ecological and socio-cultural uses and values of (tourism) landscapes;
- Cross-border governance, planning and policy of tourism and regional development;
- The regional economic impact of tourism development;
- The role and analysis of sense of place in tourism development and regional development.
2. Apply these academic discussions to a concrete case study setting.
3. Evaluate how these subtopics combine to structure the possibilities to use tourism for regional development purposes in this applied context.
4. Communicate these findings to an academic and non-academic audience.
Omschrijving The tourism sector often functions as a policy 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 achieving 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 development questions in theory and in practice, in areas such as the transnational Wadden Sea region. Combining general insights in the development issues and tourism potential of specific areas with knowledge on regional economic policy, cross-border governance, and sense of place, this course allows students to tackle the topic of tourism and regional 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 of tourism in regional economic 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 3
Onderwijsvorm Fieldwork, Guest lectures, Independent study, Lectures, Seminars
Toetsvorm Active participation, Examination with open questions, Group assignments, Oral presentation
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. H.J.W. Stoffelen
Docent(en) dr. H.J.W. Stoffelen
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
The compulsory research articles will be communicated in the course manual that will be uploaded to Nestor.
Opmerkingen Maximum number of students is 30.
The course will be given in Leeuwarden.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Cultural Geography  (Cultural Geography: Tourism Geography & Planning (track)) 1 semester I b verplicht
MSc Cultural Geography  (Optional courses Cultural Geography) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Economic Geography  (Optional courses Economic Geography) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Optional courses EIP) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Optional courses Pop Studies) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Society, Sustainability and Planning  (Optional courses Society, Sustainability and Planning) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester I b keuze