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Sustainability in Tourism

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Sustainability in Tourism
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
International Tourism Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020
Module code: DFITM-509
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
4SU (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: unspecified
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Term paper with presentation (Can be repeated annually)

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

DFITM-509 (P620-0604) International Tourism Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020 , mandatory course
BITM-511 (P440-0087) International Tourism-Management, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020 , semester 5, mandatory course

Suitable for exchange students (learning agreement)
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Ralf Rockenbauch
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Ralf Rockenbauch

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Learning outcomes:
Students will deepen their knowledge gained in previous courses (especially intercultural competence, law, business administration, economics, management in the tourism industry) and be able to apply it to key areas of economic and tourism policy. This involves becoming familiar with instruments and their modes of action, as well as the importance of institutional frameworks. Students will gain insight into the possibilities and limits of economic policy action in tourism (in particular the guiding principle of sustainable tourism).
After successfully completing this module, students have deepened their knowledge of:
- the economic and, in particular, tourism economic dimensions of the tourism industry
- the development and importance of tourism
- the characteristics of the tourism sector
- market structures and market participants (service providers, customers, organisations).
The primary goal of this module is to sensitize students to the importance of:
- the economic importance of tourism
- various players in tourism (influencial people and decision makers)
- Management areas in tourism practice (management concept, business and corporate ethics, quality, environmental protection and CSR measures, strategic management, developing mission statements)
Students will be able to analyze and help shape (inter)national economic and tourism policy by acquiring the competence to judge and act in the field of tourism economics.
They will:
- gain insights into the work of tourism organizations and will be able to analyze and discuss operational and organizational questions in organizations (organizational change; special features of international tourism organizations)
- become familiar with the planning instruments and adaptation strategies in the tourism industry and how to develop them independently according to the respective requirements
By studying (inter-) national tourism policies and examples from international organizations, students will develop a better understanding of international and intercultural relations.
Practically-oriented topics discussed in this course are:
- Management and policy concepts
- Business and economic methods
- Social competence
- Analysis and decision-making competence
- Guest lectures, excursions (together with students from other semesters and degree programs)
- In particular, policy and management concepts and methods with high relevance for the tourism and transport industry
Students will broaden and deepen their teamwork skills, practice them in hands-on situations, and employ modern presentation and academic writing techniques.

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Module content:
- Definition of economic and tourism policy
- Connections and problems in economic and tourism policy
- Tourism industry indicators
- Institutions, objectives and instruments of economic and tourism policy
(Tourism criticism, lobbying, funding, international, supra-national and regional tourist organizations, visa regulations, travel advice)
- Guiding principle of sustainable tourism
- Marks of quality in tourism
- Corporate social responsibility
- Human and animal rights in tourism
- Community-based tourism
- Climate change (consequences for tourism, adaptation strategies)
- Accessibility in tourism
- Touristic relevance of protected areas (world heritage sites, national parks, biosphere reserves)
- Management areas in tourism practice (management concept, business ethics and ethics, strategic management, visitor guidance, carrying capacity)

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Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture with case studies, group work, discussion with and among students and also external experts, as well as presentations and preparation of documentation/papers.
On the basis of selected data material, students will be encouraged to carry out independent and critical discussions about current economic and tourism policy topics.

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Recommended or required reading:
Bieger, T., Tourismuslehre - Ein Grundriss (aktuelle Ausgabe), Haupt, Bern, 978-3-8252-2536-0
Buchwald, K; Engelhardt, W. (Hrsg.), Freizeit, Tourismus und Umwelt, 1998, Economica Verlag, Bonn, 3-87081-582-5
Diekmann, A.; Smith, M. K., Ethnic and Minority Cultures as Tourist Attractions, 2015, Channel View Publications, Bristol, Buffalo, Toronto, 978-1-84541-483-2
Enzensberger, H. M., Eine Theorie des Tourismus (in: Einzelheiten 1), 1958, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt/M., 3-518-10063-2
Epler Wood, M., Sustainable Tourism on a finite planet (aktuellste Auflage), 2017, Routledge, Oxon, New York, 978-1-138-21758-4
Friedl, H. A., Tourismusethik: Theorie und Praxis des umwelt- und sozialverträglichen Reisens, 2002, Profil Verlag, München, Wien, 3-89019ö530-X
Hennig, C., Reiselust: Touristen, Tourismus und Urlaubskultur, 1997, Insel, Frankfurt/M. und Leipzig, 978-3-45816-841-6
Herrmann, F., FAIRreisen, 2016, oekom, München, 978-3-86581-808-9
Kramer, D., Der sanfte Tourismus - Umwelt- und Sozialverträglicher Tourismus in den Alpen, 1983, Österreichischer Bundesverlag, Wien, 3-215-04841-8
Krippendorf, J., Die Ferienmenschen - Für ein neues Verständnis von Freizeit und Reisen, 1984, Orell Füssli Verlag, Zürich, 3-280-01481-6
Luger, K.; Wöhler, K. (Hrsg.), Welterbe und Tourismus (Schützen und Nützen aus einer Perspektive der Nachhaltigkeit), 2008, Studienverlag, Innsbruck, Wien, Bozen, 978-3-7065-4518-1
N.N. Equations - Equitable Tourism Options, Indigenous Peoples, Wildlife and Ecotourism, 2002, Equations, Bangalore, n. a.
Opaschowski, H. W., Tourismus: eine systematische Einführung; Analysen und Prognosen, 2002, Leske + Budrich, Opladen, 3-8100-3216-6
Rauschelbach, B.; Schäfer, A.; Steck, B., Cooperating for Sustainable Tourism - Kooperieren für Nachhaltigen Tourismus, 2002, Kasparek Verlag Heidelberg, 3-925064-34-6
Schäfer, R., Tourismus und Authentizität - Zur gesellschaftlichen Organisation von Außergewöhnlichkeit, 2015, Transcript, Bielefeld, 978-3-8376-2744-2
Spode, H., Wie die Deutschen "Reiseweltmeister" wurden - Eine Einführung in die Tourismusgeschichte, 2003, Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Thüringen, Erfurt, 3-931426-74-2
Steinecke, A., Internationaler Tourismus, 2014, UVK, Konstanz, 978-3-8252-4202-2
Strasdas, W.; Rein, H. (Hrsg.), Nachhaltiger Tourismus (aktuellste Ausgabe) 2015, UVK, Konstanz, 978-3-8252-4196-4
Urry, J., The Tourist Gaze - Leisure and Travel in Contemporary Societies (aktuellste Auflage) 1990, Sage Publications, London 0-8039-8182-1

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