XTO-24312 International Field Practicum


Studiepunten 12.00

Excursion (multiple days)56
Course coordinator(s)Drs. S. Straatman (BUas)
dr. R Lie
Lecturer(s)dr. R Lie
drs. H Buijtendijk (BUas)
Drs. S. Straatman (BUas)
Examiner(s)dr. R Lie
drs. H Buijtendijk (BUas)
Drs. S. Straatman (BUas)

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

CPT-26306 Cross-Cultural Studies; ESA-23806 Tourism Systems Analysis; GEO-24306 Tourism Destination Management


The 4th semester revolves around interdisciplinary tourism analysis and intervention. The International Field Project addresses the question if and how (interventions in) tourism development can increase the quality of life in tourism destinations. You will plan and implement an interdisciplinary research project in a real-life and cross-cultural context. Based on your research findings, you will propose specific tourism development interventions. Throughout this process you will apply the knowledge and skills obtained in previous semesters, and from the courses Tourism Systems Analysis, Tourism Destination Management and Cross Cultural Studies in particular.
More specifically, the International Field Project has the following course aims:
- define issues in tourism with the goal to write and carry out a research plan;
- differentiate between and apply the common research techniques in the domain of tourism;
- relate theory to empirical work in an international cross-cultural context
- translate research outcomes into solutions, thereby contributing to the design, organisation and management of (policy) interventions in the domain of tourism.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- construct problem definitions related to the domain of tourism from social, economic and/or environmental issues;
- formulate research questions based on acquired knowledge and skills in problem definition;
- compare, assess and use various information sources;
- plan, design and execute field research with continuous regard for ethics, safety and risk assessment;
- apply, under supervision, different methods and techniques of scientific research;
- apply cross-cultural understanding;
- describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data of an applied nature;
- appraise the contribution of tourism in social, economic, and/or environmental terms;
- present the outcomes and conclusions in a consistent, structured, honest and incorruptible way;
- present results of analyses in clear, and grammatically correct written English;
- work in a project team and to play coordinating and facilitating roles, recognising and respecting the values of equality and diversity;
- take initiative, act pro-actively, and use creativity to turn ideas into action;
- demonstrate communication skills in a range of contexts including verbal, auditory, performance, digital and multi-media forms;
- take responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal development through self-appraisal and reflecting on practice in academic and professional contexts.


- lectures;
- workshops;
- consultancy sessions.


- research plan (20% of the final mark)
- research report incl. video (50% of the final mark)
- process report (30% of the final mark)


Adler, E.S., An Invitation to Social Research: How it's done 4. Vaus, D. De, Research Design in Social Research. Emerson, R.M. Fretz, R.I. Shaw, L.L., Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes.

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