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Sustainable Tourism: Society & Environmental Aspects

Wageningen University via edX

Overview

Tourism is already one of the world's largest industries and it's still experiencing incredible growth. Of all the industries of major importance worldwide, Travel and Tourism directly contribute $1.4 trillion (U.S.) to the global economy. One out of ten of the world's total jobs are in travel and tourism and that number is growing.

Join this course if you want to learn where this growth is coming from and what the effects will be on the social and natural environment. Prepare yourself to be challenged with more critical reflections of an industry steeped in comfort and enjoyment.

You will also discover that tourism is more than just a powerful economic force. Tourism activities affect the environment of travel destinations and influence cultures worldwide. Tourism is very sensitive to global transformations such as changing consumer behaviour, economic developments, climate change, epidemics, or acts of terrorism. Tourism is in fact a complex phenomenon.

To explore the development of the tourism phenomenon and begin to build your own reflections on the industry, you'll be exposed to a variety of weekly insights throughout the online course. These include historical backgrounds, a variety of social science approaches, common theoretical constructs, related systemic observations, and exposure to environmental-, social- and economic implications of tourism.

Based on weekly writing exercises, you'll be challenged to form your own argument for a specific tourism development of your choice. You'll also help others in providing and receiving meaningful feedback on their critical reflections of tourism phenomena.

Join this MOOC if you want to explore tourism and understand what tourism does to our living environment, our behaviour and our cultural inheritance.

The effects of Covid-19 corona virus on the tourism industry

There is no doubt that the tourism industry is being affected by the Covid-19 corona virus outbreak. How will we recover, and will we fully recover? How does corona effects the tourists and their behaviour? And how can we pick up after this? How do we take it from here? Since it’s so relevant, we will address these questions in our Tourism MOOCs and make room for this on our discussion platform and case studies.

Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction & Overview
What is tourism, and how can you study it from a social sciences point of view?

Module 2: History of global tourism development
Where does tourism come from? We go back in time to understand where our contemporary tourism practices originate.

Module 3: Scientific approaches and systemic observations
What are typical social science approachesto tourism; including behavioral, cultural, and more critical observations? And to what kind of observations do these approaches lead?

Module 4: Key theories and global flows
Take notice of a set of typical theoretical concepts used in tourism studies, and become acquainted with how global tourism developments run parallel with rapidly developing flows of people, goods, technology, information,and capital.

Module 5: Environmental impacts of tourism
Take the main economic, socio-cultural, and environmental interactions and impacts generated by and in tourism.

Module 6: Synthesis and looking forward
Finalize your own argument related to a tourism development of your choice, and become familiar with the science of sustainable tourism.

Taught by

Arjaan Pellis and Jonas Skutka

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Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is one of the best courses for the tourism field. This is one of the best courses for the tourism field. This is one of the best courses for the tourism field. This is one of the best courses for the tourism field. This is one of the best courses...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The material is good and the case study assignment is also pretty well thought out. However, some of the tests are quite confusing, as there are many questions that are contradicting or have double negatives which might make it difficult for someone who...
  • Anonymous
    I found the course extremely interesting. I have learnt alot of things about factors effecting Tourism that i hadn't even realised especially for the need to preserve some environmental areas. I have discovered factors effecting the way we indulge in...
  • Anonymous
    I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. I would recommend it to anyone thinking of entering a career in Tourism or has a profound interest in Sustainable Tourism or just curious. I have learnt things I didn't know before. How are actions are contributing...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The course is very well organized.
    Information videos are well prepared and very interesting.
    Lots of interaction with peers.
    Very helpful and educational.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The videos were extremely helpful & sustainability chapter was just great.. though i feel more emphasis would have been laid on sustainability than tourism ...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I loved the structure of the entire course. Learnt a lot about the tourism industry, the way it functions, various factors behind it and most importantly how it affects not only the economy of the country as a whole but also the environment and lives...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It is a fairly complete course that develops analytical and research skills for the study of specific cases and their relationship with tourism, the approach raised in each of the topics is appropriate for the subsequent tasks to be performed, in addition...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was very very good. It is the second online course I have taken, so I have only one other example with which to compare it, but it was evident it was very well thought of. The way the course was constructed, presenting all the new material...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am really happy to share my own learning experience with the Sustainable Tourism course via edX. This is my first experience in doing an online course. This course had been started on march 2020 but I took this cause on June 10 : nearly a month ago....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am really happy to share my own learning experience with the Sustainable Tourism course via edX. This is my first experience in doing an online course. This course had been started on march 2020 but I took this cause on June 10 : nearly a month ago....
  • Swapnil Tawde

    Swapnil Tawde is taking this course right now, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    The course acquaints participants with the basics of tourism. The comprehensive writing activities at various time intervals in the module were very interesting as participants get an opportunity to synthesize and apply their learnings making it more...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course and topic i enjoyed immensely, i would highly recommend this to friends and work colleagues. For someone who hadn't done any on line course before i thought this guided me easily and at the correct pace with clear and informative instructions,...
  • Anonymous
    The course is well-structured and gives a comprehensive basic understanding of how tourism works, the mechanisms implied and the issues that may arise from certain tourism practices. I have learned a lot, expecially about how just changing our perspective...
  • Anonymous
    This course stood out for me as I loved the community feel of it. The critical thinking and feedback of mine and others work allowed me to really sink my teeth in, rather than having to be self led and read through 100 pages of PowerPoints. The content...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The course is really good! I liked how it's structured and planned, it's very well thought. You are not just passively receiving the information, you have to use what you learn right away with the activities, which encourages reflection and critical thinking....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I think this course is really useful. On the basis we all that get in touch with tourism but not only as "users" but maybe as some kind of "stakeholder" had an idea regarding the tourism. In this course, in my case learnt a lot from other realities,...
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    Harsha Sunil

    Harsha Sunil is taking this course right now, spending 30 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is a great to learn MOOC if you are person of interest in knowing everything about tourism, from its history to present impact over the society. The course materials, the lecture videos, assignments, practice questions, and exams are all very interesting and useful enough to learn about tourism. You can even participate in discussions with your fellow learners. It is free platform where you can share you knowledge and opinions to your peers and they can also give you suggestions and that will help you learn and improve better. Moreover course staff is always there to grade and review the works being done. So this course if you are doing will definitely feels like learning with lot of friends , that will keep up our pace.
  • Anonymous
    It is a very good and interesting course to start understanding tourism as a phenomenon. I enjoyed the videos and the way of teaching. I only have one point of improvement, which is that it is not always clear how to hand-in the assignment. I look at someone else's final assignment which was clearly not finished. In my case, I made a pdf document because I put effort in making a nice document, and when copied in the hand-in box, it didn't look well which will affect my grade I think. I think it would be good to make it possible to upload the essay rather than copy past it. Also, it isn't always clear what to put in which assignment and how.

    Kind regards,
    Sarah
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I'm impressed about this course and so happy of have taken it!

    The content is shown in a very funny way, the content is really interesting.

    I have a degree in Ecotourism and in this course I get knowledge about the history of tourism related to industrialization and economic theories.

    In other hand: scientific approaches to research in tourism (higly reccomended this content) and how to present your potential research.

    The cultural view of tourism, like autenticity for example, something it isn't have just one point of view showing how complex is this industry beacuse relates people from different cultures, nature, political and economic interests.

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