ESA-11306 Environment & Tourism


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work5
Course coordinator(s)dr. SB Amelung
Lecturer(s)dr. RS de Groot
dr. SB Amelung
dr. K Kok
P. Peeters (NHTV)
Examiner(s)dr. K Kok
dr. SB Amelung

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Note: This course is part of the BSc Tourism, a joint degree programme of Wageningen University and Breda University of Applied Sciences. This course is open to students from other programmes. The course is not delivered at Wageningen University, however, but at Breda University of Applied Sciences. You can register for the course by contacting the course coordinator before the start of the course. The schedule for the academic year at Breda University of Applied Sciences differs from the schedule of Wageningen University. The periods mentioned are the periods of Wageningen University.

This course aims to 1) provide students with a basic understanding of some of the major contemporary environmental challenges; 2) discuss the main interactions between these environmental challenges and tourism; and 3) convince students to consider the (global) environmental implications of their actions throughout their future careers as tourism professionals.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe the background and meaning of the concepts of 'Anthropocene' and 'Planetary Boundaries';
- explain and challenge the dominant theories and concepts pertaining to the following environmental issues: biodiversity (loss); water resources and pollution; climate (change); emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants; land use/cover change.
- explain and discuss how the global environmental issues relate to tourism, and apply concrete tools to assess these relationships;
- analyse the implications of global environmental issues for concrete tourism actors;
- critically reflect on the significance of global environmental change for tourism;

- manage information by creating appropriately formatted bibliographies and using suitable referencing styles;

- write a research report that complies with academic standards;

- give and receive constructive feedback in a group.


- lectures;
- tutorials;
- group assignment: essay/poster/video.


- written examination with true/false and open questions (60%);
- group assignment (30%);
- discussion/presentation of a paper from the course reader, in pairs (10%).



Compulsory for: BTOTourism (joint degree)BSc2WD+3WD