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Sustainable Tourism: Society & Environmental Aspects

Wageningen University via edX

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  • Language English
  • Certificate $99 Certificate Available
  • Effort 5-7 hours a week
  • Duration 6 weeks long
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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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Anonymous
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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 for the tourism field. This is one of the best courses...
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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 does not understand English perfectly. Also, many...
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The course is very well organized.

Information videos are well prepared and very interesting.

Lots of interaction with peers.

Very helpful and educational.
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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 to allowing interaction with other users so that each of the required tasks can be improved. In addition to this, multidisciplinary aspects enrich the course and allow us to understand from a different perspective its relationship with sustainability. The only suggestion I could make is that at least the subtitles of the different videos be established based on the main languages spoken in the world (Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian etc.)

For everything else, it seems to me an excellent course that has allowed me to better understand the relationship between the activities of man and his impact on the different places and ecosystems of the earth.
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Anonymous
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Amazing course! It helps you understand the basics of tourism, get a wider idea of how things work in tourism and provide food for thought for the future of travel and sustainable tourism. It has an easy to follow flow with exams and conversations among peers who give feedback to your work and help you state your case. As I also work in the adventure travel sector, the course gave me the knowledge and a deeper understanding of sustainability in travel and how it should be applied. I'm definitely going for the next course - Rethinking the Future
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This course is very useful in a situational perspective, as it explains how the tourism started, mainly in Europe, and then details the factors which define best this sector. I have to say also that I appreciate a lot the effort of the professors, as they give a point of view based on scientific evidence, leaving the opinions for debate in the discussion forums.

It is a great introductory course to clarify my ideas of what sustainable tourism is, knowing that it was my first contact with this type of courses.
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I started this course slightly later than others and suffered as its very much based on ongoing peer review and I got very little input.

The course demands a lot of time preparing your “case” so time is spent on essay massaging rather than learning.

The course videos are very short and could do with expansion of each topic covered.

Now in last week and although dealt with a lot off background still really to tackle mass tourism and how to make it sustainable.
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Anonymous
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I thought this was a great course. I really liked how it started from the beginning, and then ended with the future. I think a lot of the topics were relevant. I really enjoyed the discussion forums and the questions that were asked. I think the case that we had to write was basically why I took this course, and it forced me to think more deeply about the issue and what could be done, and I learned a lot. Great course!
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This course is a very well planned sequence of lectures aimed at broadening our knowledge on tourism in general and its influence on different life aspects, environment, society and economy. It helped me immensely to structure the knowledge I obtained practically rather than theoretically, taught me to learn to observe the impact of tourism from different points of view, not always agreeable with each other. THANK YOU!
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I have sort of completed the course, although I missed the deadline of February 21st and therefor could not submit my final assignment after my own review. This is a shame, but the overall course was useful and interesting. I did expect more scientific depth in the course material, but of course it was also up to the individual student to incorporate this depth in his or her assignment.
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For my PhD I have to immerse myself in the tourism world, whereas it's absolutely not my specialty. Your course was the perfect introduction I was desperate to find somewhere. I'm sorry I didn't participate to the "state your case" activities, but I read all the tutorials about taxis in Prague with much interest.

I will definitely follow the next part in January.

Thank you very much.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I almost Completed this curse and I am so happy about it. I learned so much about sustainable tourism and tourism general and it gave me so much. I must definitely recommend it and not just for people who works in the industry, but also for people like me, who loves travel. We need to be responsible and understand what traveling bring for a world and do it as better as we can.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I found great data. New points of view. I have learned. The expectations were accomplished. I am studying Tourism here in Argentina, and some things already known, but many others don't. Now I feel that I have more info, differents points of view from around the world. Great experience highly recommended. Actually I did recommended to my classmates at The University.
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Harsh P
Harsh completed this course, spending 25 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The course was well planned as expected but I did find one point which was not to be kept on following in each module. Discussions. A discussion is fine but discussionS was not expected. But none the less I had good time with the course will be looking forward for a second course I. Near future. Kudos team!!! :)
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Anonymous
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I enjoy taking this class, as the video are quite short but content is clear to make a point.

It highlights multiple aspects when thinking about tourism I never would by myself - historical development or all the notion of cultural definition of what's authentic.
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Anonymous
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It was a bit basic for me since I studied Tourism Destination Development a few years back. But it's a good introduction to tourism studies ans the different aspect of this topic.

I'm looking forward to my next online classes with Wageningen Unviersity !
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course and best way to show and present about tourism sustainability. Student can imagine concurrently together with the VDO presentation in each course and student can gain all the knowledge to apply with the reality in life or in work place area.
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The best of the course is that it makes you think, i think that it is so practical and that is super interesting because usually when i do some course is more theorital and i that way it seems like i learn more and also i was more interesting in the course
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I think is really positive one course like this, to make people think about the environment.

We need to care about the nature and practise a sustainable tourism as well we can, if I am owner of a tourist resort or even if I a simple tourist.
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Anonymous completed this course.
Its good and gives you a nice first introduction. But i have studied tourism and didn't provide me any new concepts.

The modality with videos makes it easygoing but at the same time, concepts could eventually not be very solid afterwards.
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