GRMD0401 Understanding Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism
|Course Title||Understanding Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism|
|Class Date||18, 19, 20, 21, 24 and 25 July 2023
(26 July 2023 is reserved for class make-up in case there is any cancellation of classes due to bad weather or other unexpected factors.)
|Class Time||1:00pm – 3:30pm|
|Teacher||Prof. CHAN Chung Shing
|Medium of Instruction||Cantonese|
|Course Description||This course will introduce ecotourism and sustainable tourism which are both important components of the tourism development nowadays, and is becoming relevant to most societies. It will develop and focus on a natural resource-based perspective incorporating resource and environmental management principles.
The first part of the course will cover the general introductory concepts and provide students with theoretical and historical background of the discipline. This will be followed by in-depth study of specific environmental settings and resource issues that will complement our understanding of ecotourism. Hong Kong is the main focus of discussion through examples or cases around the world are also provided throughout the course. Critical issues in ecotourism such as its multi-dimensional impacts, governance, planning, and resource and visitor management will also be covered. Lastly, students will be exposed to the relations of the phenomenon of ecotourism and the concept of sustainable tourism.
|Course Content||Introduction and theoretical background
Demand and supply of ecotourism
Ecotourism planning and management
Conclusion: Ecotourism and sustainable tourism
|Learning Outcomes||This course will provide a broad intellectual perspective for students and enable them to develop a holistic understanding of environmental and resource management issues related to ecotourism and its connection with sustainability. Students will acquire basic knowledge of ecotourism development and its potential and can be capable of making judgement in response to critical issues on conservation and natural resource management.
Specifically, after successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
|Recommended Reading(s) / Reference(s)||References for individual lectures
(Additional references will be provided when necessary.)
|Course Assessment||One local field trip – one group field trip report (40%)
Final exam – multiple-choice questions and short questions (60%)
|The above course information is subject to change and approval.|
|Last updated on 16 June 2023|