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TOUR306 Ecotourism and Sustainable Development

Historical context, development, structure of sustainably managed nature tourism and ecotourism. Definitions, principles, concepts and issues. Business and tourism management implications for ecotourism operations; ecotourism/nature tourism destinations; indigenous, community development reliant on the sustainable use of natural resources.

This paper will engage students and practitioners interested in working in areas related to nature-based tourism/ecotourism or protected-area management. Past graduates have worked for nature-based operators, local authorities and government agencies such as the Department of Conservation.

Paper title Ecotourism and Sustainable Development
Paper code TOUR306
Subject Tourism
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $829.65
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,993.30

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54 200-level points
TOUX 306
Schedule C
Suitable for third-year and postgraduate students and for exchange students at third-year level and above.
Teaching staff
Dr Anna Carr
Paper Structure
13 weekly lectures and a fieldtrip to an operation site.
Teaching Arrangements
One lecture for 1 hour and 50 minutes each week and a field trip.
Fennell, D. (2015). Ecotourism: An Introduction. Routledge, New York.

Other readings as recommended in class.
Course outline
The course outline will be available in the first class.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Identify, critique and discuss the role of government and other stakeholders involved in ecotourism/sustainable nature tourism provision
  • Examine and critique principles of sustainable development and their implications for nature-based tourism/ecotourism
  • Critique the development of the ecotourism sector and its specific nature within the wider tourism industry
  • Identify issues associated with ecotourism visitor operations and other relevant settings (eg indigenous or community development or political contexts)
  • Critique ecotourism and sustainable management alongside case studies of nature-based tourism business operations

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-20, 22
Thursday 13:00-15:50 21