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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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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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The videos were extremely helpful & sustainability chapter was just great.. though i feel more emphasis would have been laid on sustainability than tourism ...
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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 of local people. The course has given me knew perspective...
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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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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. First I had a doubt whether I would be able to finish this up before the due .When I went through the course outline It seemed interesting and I was totally curious. In that point I had the intention to take this course and finish this up anyhow .So now I am happy about myself that I finished this just before the due .I was able to do so totally because of the flexibility of this course and it is being a self pace one .We could adjust the time into our own and completed this leisurely . Even the lecture modules , exams , lecture videos were really interesting , comprehensive and increased our willingness to complete this.
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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. First I had a doubt whether I would be able to finish this up before the due .When I went through the course outline It seemed interesting and I was totally curious. In that point I had the intention to take this course and finish this up anyhow .So now I am happy about myself that I finished this just before the due .I was able to do so totally because of the flexibility of this course and it is being a self pace one .We could adjust the time into our own and completed this leisurely . Even the lecture modules , exams , lecture videos were really interesting , comprehensive and increased our willingness to complete this.
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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 in short videos with a comprehension question after each video was easy to follow and to remember the information presented. The assignments were also very interesting, as you got to apply the things you learned in each module on a case of your choice that you were interested in and that was good motivation to engage in the course and do your own research. Also I was happy to discover that you could reach out to the instructors of the course through the platform and they would answer your questions in a short amount of time.

Overall, I feel that I learnt a lot of new things, while working on a topic that I am passionate about!
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Swapnil T
Swapnil 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 valuable. Also, the content of the course is designed in a way to inform participants about various aspects of societal and environmental issues that need attention.

On a personal note, I have learned a few new techniques, got to know about interesting theories that I would wish to read more about. Also, the structure of the course, the user-friendly interface on EdX's website made the overall experience, more enriching for me.

For those who are passionate and wish to learn the fundamentals about tourism should enroll for the course and experience the learnings themselves.
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Anonymous
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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, and the instructors videos i found a great way to absorb information.

This course has improved my knowledge and helped refresh my thoughts on the subject matter, having worked in tourism previously this course was still very beneficial covering a wide range of topics both positive and negative and their impacts within the sector.

The interaction with other students within the course i found immensely helpful and interesting, getting to read and review each others work definitely put anther perspective on things and made it lot of fun.
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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, places "far" from me but that face the same problematics than in my "project".

Also, this course helped me out to present my thoughts in a structured way, providing the theoretical knowledge and the approaches to better understand the different dynamics.

Now, after this course I feel like I can do much more than before because of the "bit more" of knowledge I acquired.

I am really satisfied, positively surprised and I have to say that I can't wait to continue with the same course.

Thank you.

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Harsha S
Harsha 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.
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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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I find this course very interesting because the future of the world depends on the decissions we make, and tourism from now on has to be sustainable to keep on living. I would really like to find a job in any of the places that sustainable tourism is necessary. I find tourism marketing and sustainable tourism both issues that may stay in accordance to keep the tourism product alive,at the same time that we take care of all the environmental, economic, cultural, social aspects that are concerned about. The key of a sustainable tourism is basically stop thinking about money, because the world would pay the price soon.
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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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Piumi S
Piumi is taking this course right now.
Good and it make good discussion about sustainable tourism.Also as I was not previously has not learnt on tourism and so this course provided good knowledge about it. And it was good opportunity that I got to follow this course as I able to increase my knowledge on critical thinking ability. From beginning each module was designed to increase my knowledge about tourism and as undergraduate on microbiology this course is important to increase my background knowledge on tourism which is well growing field that I'm really interested.
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Anonymous completed this course.
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 am almost finished and I must say, I was very pleased with this course. I learned new things I didn't even imagine that could exist in tourism, I loved the videos and explanations of the teachers, I love how the course team responds to any doubt in the forum, I also find it very creative to make the students evaluate each others' works and to encourage them to discuss topics on the forum. By far, this course was beyond my expectations in a good way. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.
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Having had no prior experience taking a tourism course; this was very interesting and novel for me as it caused me to question how tourism developed over time. Having a cultural geography background was also helpful for me in understanding the theories used in the course. Moreover, it was interesting to see tourism being studied as a scientific phenomenon. I very much liked the videos as they were short and easy to digest; and the use of costumes made it more fun to watch as well.
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