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Managing Tourism and the Environment: Conflict or Consensus?

Please note that the following information may be subject to change.

Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N12122

Semester: Spring

Convenor: Robert A. Lambert

Credits & Level: 10 credits; Level 2

Pre-requisites: None.

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Available to Part I and Part II students. CANNOT be taken by Geography with Business students.

Delivery: 11 ninety minute lectures plus 2 sixty minute seminars during the semester.

Assessment: One 1 hour examination (50%); One 1,500 word individual essay (50%)

Exam Format:Answer One question. Paper to contain Eight questions.

Summary of Content The module will examine and explore:

The interactions between and the management of tourism and the environment from the perspective of key stakeholders including business, government, non-governmental organisations, tourist and local communities.

The emergence of environmentally concerned consumers and the implications of different environmental paradigms for tourism development.

Debates surrounding the environmental and economic impacts of tourism to highlight the potential for both conflict and consensus.

The role played by pressure groups in influencing tourism development and the emergence of nature/eco-tourism will also be examined.

The module will draw heavily on case study analysis of specific tourism/environmental interactions to highlight general principles surrounding the environmentally sensitive development of tourism destinations. These case studies will include developed nation destinations (eg UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand) and developing country destinations (eg Amazon, Africa), islands and the Polar Regions.

Aims To provide an understanding of the relationship between tourism and the environment.

To explore future challenges in the management of tourism-environment interactions.

Key Words: Tourism; Environment; Sustainability.

Learning Objectives & Outcomes Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, including the management of risk
  • The development, access and operation of markets for resources, goods and services
  • The management of customer expectations, relationships and development of service excellence
  • The management of resources
  • The development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing environment to meet stakeholder interests
  • The need for individuals and organisations to manage responsibly and sustainably and behave ethically in relation to social, cultural, economic and environmental issues
  • The interactions and interdependencies between tourism and the environment.

    The development of appropriate policies and stratgies to meet stakeholder needs in a changing environment.
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
  • The ability to analyse facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
  • Self-analysis and awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures. This includes a continuing appetitie for development.
  • Commercial acumen based on an awareness of the key drivers for business success, causes of failure and the importance of providing customer satisfaction and building customer loyalty
  • The ability to act entrepreneurially to generate, develop and communicate ideas, manage and exploit intellectual property, gain support and deliver successful outcomes
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media
  • An awareness of the interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation and their use in generating business contacts
  • Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time
  • Ability to work with people from a range of cultures
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information
  • Emotional intelligence and empathy

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