ESA-23806 Tourism Systems Analysis


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper1
Group work3
Course coordinator(s)dr. SB Amelung
Lecturer(s)dr. SB Amelung
dr. K Kok
Examiner(s)dr. SB Amelung
dr. K Kok

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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.

The focus of the course is on introducing students to the art and science of tourism systems analysis. Important tools and methods of systems analysis are conceptual modelling, integrated (environmental) assessment, and scenarios. In many practical settings it is not enough to understand a tourism system better; a key challenge is also to reach some kind of conclusion to inform decision makers amidst (deep) uncertainty. This requires assessment methods, such as cost-benefit analysis and multi-criteria analysis, and other methods that can handle both uncertainty and trade-offs.
Integration is not only a matter of knowledge, but also of practice and judgement. During the whole course, students will acquire hands-on experience with the tools for integration and assessment, also by working on case assignments.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- identify and understand key concepts of the systems thinking paradigm;
- discuss the added value of systems analysis for identifying and evaluating social, economic, environmental and other impacts of and on tourism;
- critically discuss the pros and cons of systems analysis for understanding tourism;
- describe key features of systems analysis tools pertaining to the various stages of systems analysis: problem definition, analysis, and evaluation;
- create simple system dynamics models and integrated scenarios to understand the role of tourism;
- apply systems analysis tools hands-on, using qualitative and quantitative data;

- assess quality, accuracy, relevance, bias, reputation and credibility of information gathered.


- lectures;
- tutorials;
- project learning: preparing reflection report, based on field work research and experience.


- written examination (100%);


To be determined.

Verplicht voor: BTOTourism (joint degree)BSc3WD+4WD+5WD+6WD