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Small Island Developing States (SIDS) still face numerous challenges with regard to sustainable development and sustainable livelihoods for their current population as well as future generations.

As one of the fastest growing sectors in the world, in recent years tourism has course logobecome one of the key economic factors for many SIDS. However, tourism is associated with various risks for their fragile ecosystems. In addition, the size and geographical situation of many SIDS confronts them with vulnerabilities that limit their competitiveness in the tourism industry. In light og these challenges, there is a need for well-formulated policies, regulations and standards in the tourism sector. Here, policy-makers play a key role in fostering the transition towards sustainable tourism.

This online course…

  • offers an interdisciplinary perspective on sustainable tourism as well as related policies, regulations and standards found in Small Island Developing States
  • introduces you to a broad spectrum of tourism- but also policy-related topics, for example sustainable tourism strategies and measures… as well as policies, initiatives and programs
  • invites you to discuss and share ideas, opinions and knowledge with learners from all over the world
  • seeks to inspire you self-develop a small solution for promoting sustainable tourism in SIDS

Scope This interdisciplinary course has an active duration of 7 weeks. They are actively looked after by tutors. After the active term of this course remains public, so that everyone has access to the materials. Before the active phase, learners can already log in, familiarize themselves with the learning environment and view some content.

The course's work load is equivalent to an estimated 4 hours work load per course week, depending on how deep you indulge in the materials, discussion and interaction with other learners.

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About the course Introduction to Sustainable Tourism


To complete the course, you:

  • solve the weekly deliverables and share them in the respective discussion forum (hint: the weekly deliverables can be used as parts for the final assignment)
  • need to pass all weekly quizzes
  • need to submit a final assignment in week 5 & to do the peer review of final projects week 6

Your assignment will be reviewed by your peer learners and you will have to review your peers‘ ones. As a result you will learn to implement the methods and tools you learned during the course, benefit from the discussion with your peer learners about the weekly assignments and learn how to evaluate policy-making options. And what’s even better: You will receive a sound feedback on your proposal from your peers and also our experts, underscoring the quality of your assignment and giving valuable feedback

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You will learn…

  • to distinguish basic concepts and technical terms in the sustainable tourism discourse
  • to challenge tourism conditions in a given SIDS
  • to differentiate between different policy approaches and implementation strategies to increase sustainable tourism measures in SIDS
  • how to identify, critically assess and evaluate tourism regimes in SIDS, building on examples from previous learned material

To practically make use of your newly gained knowledge and skills, you will – piece by piece throughout the course – improve your analytical skills to critically evaluate a given sustainable tourism concept for a small island

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June 25, 2020




Derya Taser

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