The MSc Leisure, Tourism and Environment programme consists of course work, an internship and thesis research. Among the several compulsory courses (CS) and several courses with some choices (RO = restricted optional), there are credits available for free choice in certain profiles. This means that you can adjust the profile to your personal wishes, background and interests, and either choose a further specialisation, or a broadening of your programme.

Below you find short descriptions of the compulsory courses. If you want more information after reading these summaries you can read the Study Handbook.

Leisure, Tourism and Environment: Concepts and Approaches (GEO-30306, 6 credits)

This course provides a broad-based overview of tourism theory and practice from a historical perspective and in a world-wide, multi-cultural context. Given that this course represents an introduction into the rest of the courses it has the primary objective to provide a general synopsis of the existing body of knowledge in the tourism studies field. Different concepts and approaches are discussed to raise the awareness of many important societal and philosophical issues in the production of tourism knowledge. More specifically, the epistemological issues of different paradigms influencing the formation of this field are discussed in detail.

In summary, at the end of this course, students will have addressed such questions as to how tourism becomes conceptualised, what developments took place during the past centuries in relation to free time and social, economic and natural environment, what role does tourism play in different philosophical systems and what differences exist in the context of tourism within various social sciences.

Leisure, Tourism and Environment: Experiences and Environment (GEO-32306, 6 credits)

This course provides a broad-based overview of tourism experiences within a spatial, natural and social environment. The search for worthwhile experiences is a main driving force of tourism behaviour. Therefore, to understand tourism, an insight into tourism experiences is crucial. For example, tourism attractions and popular tourism regions are often shaped by experiential themes, for instance cultural heritage, thrills and adventure, sand-sun-sea, romanticism, natural heritage, meeting people, et cetera. Tourism experiences are thus closely related to different physical and social environments.

Tourism experiences, as well as phenomena closely related to those experiences, are studied from a multitude of scientific perspectives, and many different concepts and theories have been developed to study tourism experiences. The course reflects the multitude of perspectives, concepts and theories.

Advanced Research Methods & Techniques in Leisure, Tourism and Environment (GEO-30806, 6 credits)

This course is designed to familiarise students with various social science methodologies and it prepares them to be able to apply research methods relevant to tourism research. Having experience with methods of social scientific methods is a prerequisite to be successful in the Academic Consultancy Training (ACT - period 6), the thesis and internship. The students will examine a range of methods that are commonly used to collect, analyse and report on quantitative and qualitative data within tourism research.

Leisure, Tourism and Environment: Sustainable Development (GEO-31806, 6 credits)

Since Rio '92 tourism practices have been trying to meet the parameters of sustainable development. Sustainable development of tourism requires innovation on a conceptual, process and product level. This course analyses the role of governmental, business and 'third sector' organisations in this innovation process towards sustainable development. The course focuses on practices and instruments of actors at various levels of scale (international, national as well as regional and local) and examines the relation between tourism, conservation and development from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

Leisure, Tourism and Globalisation (GEO-31306, 6 credits)

For the last twenty years the idea settled in that in all aspects of contemporary life worldwide interconnectedness has increased. Globalisation has become one of the catchwords of the late 20th and early 21st Century. Tourism is seen as important cause as well as consequence of global transformations. Tourism as a cause is supposed to induce global flows of people, ideas, images and capital. Tourism as an effect results from an increasing global interconnectedness of economic, technological and socio-cultural transformations. Global flows of capital, information and values; and accelerating developments in technology have intensified and extended the global distribution of tourism, but also enmeshed the global and the local.

However, beyond a general recognition of a real or perceived intensification of global interconnectedness, there is a substantial disagreement as to how globalisation is best conceptualised, how one should think about its causal dynamics, and how one should characterise its structural consequences, if any. This course examines this debate and specifically analyses the role of tourism in globalisation processes.These processes will be analysed on a theoretical, empirical as well as normative level. Central themes are transformations in tourism places; and the socio-economic, technological, ecological and cultural determinants of change.

Modular Skills Training, Academic Consultancy Training (YMC-60303, YMC-60809, 3 and 9 credits)

Modular Skills Training, Academic Consultancy Training (YMC-60303, YMC-60809, 3 and 9 credits)