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Tourism Development & Policy

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  • Type of Module/Course: Prescribed Core Module
  • Level of Module / Course: Postgraduate Course
  • Year of Study: 1st
  • Semester: Spring semester
  • Number of credits allocated: 4,5 ECTS
  • Number of teaching units: 3
  • Name of lecturer / lecturers: Dr Andreas Papatheodorou
  • Content outline:

    The aim of the course Tourism Development and Policy is to examine the concept and scope of tourism development in light of the alternative theoretical approaches, assumptions and typologies of tourism development. The course further analyses tourism-related organizations, stakeholders and institutions, as well as their role in shaping, planning and implementing tourism policies. Typical case studies on issues of tourism policy and development are presented at international, national, regional and local level.

  • Learning outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of the course, students should have acquired both theoretical and applied knowledge in relation to the exercise of tourism policy, as well as its potential role in the context of tourism and economic growth. The course encourages the development of critical, synthetic and creative rationale in the scientific fields of tourism development and policy. In terms of acquired competences students, in the framework of lecture discussion, develop autonomous thinking and the ability to apply theoretical concepts of politics and development in practice. In this way, and in a pragmatic economic environment, students may increase their accountability and potential for professional or personal development.

  • Prerequisites:

    No prerequisite courses are necessary.

  • Module Contents (Syllabus):
    • Tourism Development: Centre, Periphery and Disparities
    • Tourism Policy at International, Supranational, National, Regional and Local Levels
    • Tourism Development and Integrated Quality Management
    • Selected Case Studies of Tourism Policy in Developed and Developing Countries
  • Recommended Reading:
    Α) Principal References:
    • Hall CM (2008) Tourism Planning: Policies, Processes and Relationships. 2nd Edition, Harlow: Prentice Hall.
    • Stabler, M., Papatheodorou, A. and Sinclair, M. T. (2010) The Economics of Tourism.  2nd Edition, London: Routledge.
    Β) Additional References:
    • Inskeep E (1994) National and Regional Tourism Planning: methodologies and case studies, London: ITBP.
    • Lea, J. (1988) Tourism and Development in the Third World. London: Routledge.
    • Papatheodorou, A. (2006) Corporate Rivalry and Market Power: Competition Issues in the Tourism Industry.  London: IB Tauris.
    • Scheyvens, R. (2002) Tourism for Development: Empowering Communities. Harlow: Prentice Hall.
    • Coccossis, C. and Tsartas, P. (2001) Sustainable Tourism Development and the Environment. Athens: Kritiki Editions (in Greek).
    • Lagos, D. (2005) Tourism Economics.  Athens: Kritiki Editions (in Greek).
    • Lagos, D. (2007) Theories of Regional Economic Development.  Athens: Kritiki Editions (in Greek).
  • Learning activities and Teaching Methods:

    On-site University lectures.

  • Assessment/Grading Methods:

    Assessment methods comprise a written group assignment (which is also orally presented and accounts for 40% of the total mark) and a final open-book written examination (which accounts for 60% of the total mark). As an alternative to the above, students may undertake an extended group project carrying a 100% weight of the total mark.

  • Language of Instruction: Greek
  • Mode of delivery: Face to face
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