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Responsible Tourism and Ethics

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course addresses topics that are critical to the management of tourism such as impacts of tourism (both positive and negative), current trends, ethical principles and conflicts etc. Both the natural environmenta as well as the local cultures will be explored with relation to these issues. The course also explores some of the tools used in managing the challenges that may arise as a result of tourism.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course the candidate should have gained the following knowledge, skills, and general competance:
Upon completion of this course, the candidate:
  • Will have basic understanding of the ideals of the concept of responsible tourism and to give an insight into the main challenges of managing tourism in accordance with these principles
  • Will have knowledge about the broader concepts of responsible tourism with emphasis on the economic, socio-cultural and environmental impacts related to tourism
  • Will have knowledge of key issues that are critical for the future progress of responsible tourism
  • Will have knowledge of different techniques for determining and achieving the objectives of conservation as well as socio-economic development

Upon completion of this course, the candidate:
  • Will understand the importance of interpretation in tourism as well as evaluating best interpretation techniques to enhance tourist experiences
  • Will be able to use relevant concepts, techniques and other material to assess methods to develop responsible tourism in a global perspective.
  • Will have the ability to critically discuss and reflect upon responsible tourism and its core principles in relation to other concepts of tourism

General competence
Upon completion of this course, the candidate:
  • Will be able to reflect on his/her own knowledge and experience to participate in discussions related to future concerns and the development of tourism
  • Will be able to provoke critical thinking on the future of tourism and the responsibilities of the tourism industry
  • Will be able to discuss and reflect upon the latest research within sustainable and responsible tourism


The course offers an in-depth view of the impacts of tourism on the natural environment as well as on local cultures and describes some of the tools used in managing this problem. Examples, cases and discussions will be important elements of the course.
Examples of important topics in the course:
  • the main principles of responsible tourism
  • the magnitude of tourism impacts and cultural conflicts linked to global tourism
  • management strategies and tools in sustainable tourism (such as visitor planning, interpretations and information, tour guiding, management planning for destinations, organisations and natural areas/national parks)
  • the influence of environmental and ethical organisations on tourism behavior

Required prerequisite knowledge



Written group assignment and two written exams
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam in group3/101 A - F
Written exam5/104 hoursA - FDictionary.
Midterm exam2/101 hourA - FDictionary.
The home exam can be written individually or in groups with maximum 3 students.

Coursework requirements

Oral presentation
The group project should be presented in class by all members of the group. The choice of case and topic should be accepted during the first part of the course and should be presented briefly to the class during one of the lectures. By the end of the course the projects are to be presented as a whole (8-10 minutes) during a presentation-seminar. The oral presentation is required to be admitted to the individual written exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Åsa Helen Grahn
Course teacher
Trude Furunes

Method of work

Beside lectures, the students should work with, discuss and present relevant cases in groups and in plenum. Parts of the lectures will be held in seminar form where discussion in class is emphasised. Lectures, guest lectures and presentations will be in English. Excursions will be considered.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Globally Responsible Tourism (BRL390_2) 10

Course assessment

The course will be student-evaluated in accordance with the evaluative system of the Faculty of Social Sciences.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 25.09.2020