30.10. – 17.12.2017

Development and Sustainable Tourism in the Global South

Development and Sustainable Tourism in the Global South

Course Dates: 30.10.2017 - 17.12.2017
Registration Dates: 25.09.2017 - 15.10.2017
Coordinating University: University of Oulu
Coordinators: Kaarina Tervo-Kankare (kaarina.tervo-kankare[at]oulu.fi)
Course staff: PhD Kaarina Tervo-Kankare, Professor Jarkko Saarinen
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course Level: General
Maximum amount of students: 80

Course content: 

The course focuses on the idea of sustainable tourism development with emphasis on tourism in Global South. The course examines the conceptual and practical dimensions of sustainable tourism, its relationship with sustainable development in general and the applicability and problems associated with it. The course’s basic concepts include the following: tourism and sustainable development, sustainable tourism, tourism impacts and sustainability at different scales (local-global) and environments, the roles of different actors (stakeholders) in sustainable tourism, tourism development plans and policies, methods to measure sustainability in tourism and tourism development, the role of sustainable tourist. 

These concepts will be discussed both theoretically and in practice, highlighting their relevance in the Global South dimension and utilizing examples in different contexts. Some topical issues relating with the main theme sustainable tourism, such as pro-poor tourism and climate change will be covered in the Global South contexts. In addition, the student chooses one relevant topic to which she/he familiarizes.

Course objectives:

Increase knowledge about the role and meaning of tourism in relation to development at different scales, and in different contexts, in the sustainability framework. Sustainability will be examined throughout the tourism system, at different scales and in diverse environments, with central focus on the development issues in the Global South.

Learning outcomes:

After the course, the student understands and can apply the principles of sustainable tourism in different contexts; he/she understands the importance of sustainable development in tourism in different contexts and from different viewpoints (spatial, stakeholder, sector). Student acknowledges the utilization of tourism for diverse development purposes and has basic understanding about its potential pitfalls, especially in the Global South framework. The student can analyse and compare the impacts and meaning of different tourism activities to sustainable development. 

Course learning methods:

Virtual lectures/ppts, reader, short weekly learning diaries, group discussions, and a final assignment, which is also peer-evaluated.

Course material: 

Scientific articles, textbook chapters, development and other documents. Most of the course material will be provided via the course’s Optima-environment.

Course assessment methods: 

Evaluation will be based on the learning diaries and the final assignment, which is also evaluated by peers.

Other relevant information: 

Even though the course is a general course, some basic knowledge of tourism as a phenomenon is essential. 

Course timetable 

From the student’s workload, the course will be a 7-8 week course. 

Course starts on week 44, virtual lectures last until week 48, during that time also sub-assignments/discussions take place. 

Short learning diary to be completed weekly.

Final assignment, the details for which will be given after the lectures are over, is due December 7th.


Registration for this course is closed.