BSc Minor Tourism, Conservation and Development (WUTCD) / BSc


The phenomenal growth in the last 50 years of tourism worldwide has evolved into important opportunities and challenges for conservation and socio-economic development. Economic, social and environmental interventions by a plurality of actors and interests in tourism policy networks frequently result into complex and contested policy arrangements.
This minor aims at an interdisciplinary understanding of such arrangements by specifically looking at policy and governance processes in tourism that effect the development of people and conservation of nature.
The minor combines tourism, international development and nature conservation with socio-spatial and policy analyses. The integral study of tourism practices is of great societal relevance considering the impacts ideas about sustainable, competitive and responsible tourism can bring to nature conservation and development of people's lives and livelihoods.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:
- situate, explain and compare different disciplinary approaches to sustainable tourism practices that aim to contribute to conservation and development;
- describe and evaluate how governance and policy processes influence the arrangement of actors, interests and ideas on conservation and development in tourism;
- summarize and explain the interdisciplinary character of tourism as a field of study;
- apply this knowledge in selected case studies.

BSc Minor Coordinator

Ir K. Peters
Phone: 0317-(4)86025

Target Group

This minor is interesting for WU-students of the BSc programmes BBN (specialisation: Policy and Society), BMW (specialisation: Environmental Policy and Management), BLP (specialisation: Spatial Planning), BBC or BEB . Also for other BSc students in cultural anthropology and development sociology, environment-society sciences (milieu-maatschappijwetenschappen) and human geography from Utrecht University and Nijmegen University. Also for VHL-students who study Regional Development and Innovation.