autumn 2016

REI-3502 Sustainable tourism development in Northern environment - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 06.04.2017

The course is provided by

Faculty of Sports, Tourism and Social Work


Online | Annet |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Can be taken as single course

Admission requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor`s Degree in tourism, social science, humanities or science, or a Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.

Course content

The course will address tourism in the circumpolar north from a societal perspective. It will present different views on the phenomenon and its dimensions, resources and implications for nature, places and cultures involved. The place of northern tourism in times of globalization and emergent global issues like climate changes will be explored, together with the relevant governance aspects.

Objectives of the course

The course objectives: To familiarize students with theory and knowledge related to sustainable tourism development in Northern environments.


  • The phenomena of northern tourism.
  • The place of sustainable northern tourism within globalization and climate change.
  • The socio-cultural dimensions of northern tourism.


  • Critically evaluating why the phenomena of northern tourism should be studied.
  • Identify the implications of northern tourism for indigenous cultures.
  • Evaluating the implications of northern tourism as related to local communities and resources.
  • Critically examine governance aspects of northern tourism.

General competence

  • Critical skills in synthesizing the material read.
  • Participation in master¿s level discussion of the course materials.
  • Developing research and writing skills to a Master¿s level.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Learning is interactive and collaborative and takes place on-line through diverse methods including, but not limited to, lectures, learner presentations, group discussions and teamwork. Instructors and students share discoveries and materials during each step of the course, and use a variety of communication tools such as e-mail, threaded discussions, document sharing and live chat sessions. Learning is enhanced with web conferencing and Web 2.0 resources, e.g., digital storytelling.


The student must submit three course assignments, counting equal 1/3 each

Grading: scale A - F, with F for failed.

A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course


Recommended reading/syllabus

Included in course material at Fronter