International Issues in Recreation & Tourism [CRN 77182]

Discipline: Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
Instructor: international-issues-recreation-tourism-crn-77182
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0800
End: 0920
Field Work: Day 2 - Saturday, 10 December | Costa Rica
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Since Rio 92’ international tourism development efforts at local, regional and national levels have focused on tourism as a means to sustainable development. Tourism is seen as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development. Sustainable tourism development requires innovation on a conceptual, process and product level. This course analyses the role of governmental, business and “third sector” organizations in the sustainable development process and the associated trends and issues. Instruments for sustainable tourism development are examined and discussed in case studies (international, national, regional and local). Methods and techniques that reconcile the different interests are discussed and applied in various contexts: urban as well as rural areas in the USA, Europe and less economically developed countries. The central issues are sustainability, globalization and intervention strategies.

Field Work

Country: Costa Rica
Day: 2 - Saturday, 10 December

This field course is developed in collaboration with the $100 solution team in Washington and will involve students in ways to counter illegal trafficking of animals and animal products. The students will be required to familiarize with the challenges involved in illegal trafficking and the role tourism plays in this, through lectures and talks given by those we visit in port. There after students will be required to undertake group work to identify what 100$ could do to help with countering illegal trafficking. Moreover students will be required to develop long terms strategies of sustained engagement with the issues of illegal trafficking, Strategies that can be deployed by future SAS visits. The outcome should include a fully written field report to be complemented with pictures and field notes as appropriate. This field report will be evaluated focusing specifically on originality, keenness of observation and structure of material. The report constitutes 20% of the grade. Learning objectives:

  1. Implementing service based learning in the field
  2. Developing an understanding of responsibility towards animal welfare in a tourism context
  3. Identify challenges of illegal trafficking of animals and animal products.