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Aug 21 - Tourism: Concepts and Models is a Course

Aug 21 - Tourism: Concepts and Models

Ended Dec 30, 2021
4 credits

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This module introduces students to fundamental concepts which inform contemporary thinking in relation to tourism.  The module demonstrates how tourists and tourism are considered as agents of both development and environmental protection and the spatial expression of these impacts at the global scale.  Through the use of case studies, students are encouraged  to  understand  and  critically  analyse  models  which  seek  to  explain  tourism development  and  its  impacts  in  economic,  environmental  and  social  terms.  The module concludes with an evaluation of recent global events which will facilitate or restrict the future development of tourism.






Dr Shirley Chin 

Dr Shirley Chin started her career at Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UBD in 2015. She lives in Germany for approximately one and half years and received her DSH German proficiency in Karls Ruprecht University of Heidelberg, Germany. Dr Shirley Chin has later continued her studies in the United Kingdom and has received her Bachelor degree (Honours) first class from University of Kent in Tourism Management. Her area of specialisation lies within small scale tourism. She was also attached to MPRT (MIPR then) in their tourism department for a period of time. She then proceeded to continue her studies in Master of Philosophy in Management by research from Kent Business School, University of Kent. After nine months into the programme, she was being upgraded to start her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and has found expanded interest in tourism specifically in developing countries and its socio economic prosperity towards local communities.




Online forums will be used to support the scaffolding of knowledge, understanding and abilities. The teaching style will include video conferencing, discussion forums and activity based learning techniques. The focus of the teaching style will be determined through learning diagnostics, undertaken by students, which will identify learning styles needs. A cooperative learning framework is used as a means of supporting equity for both teaching and learning styles.

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What you get

  •  Understanding tourism: definitions, data sources and demand
  • Understanding tourists: motivations, preferences and destinations
  • Tourism as a driver of economic development – country case studies
  • Local and regional impacts of tourism: economic, environmental and socio-cultural
  • Defining the limits of tourism: growth cycle models, carrying capacity and limits of acceptable change
  • Tourism’s role and prospects in a changing world