Minors at the Cultural Geography Group

Minor Tourism Conservation and Development

The phenomenal growth in the last 50 years of tourism worldwide has evolved into important opportunities and challenges for conservation and socio-economic development. Economic, social and environmental interventions by a plurality of actors in tourism policy networks frequently result into complex and contested policy arrangements.

This minor aims at an interdisciplinary understanding of such arrangements by specifically looking at policy and governance processes in tourism that effect issues of economic development and the conservation of nature. The minor combines tourism, international development and nature conservation with institutional analyses. The integral study of tourism practices is of great societal relevance considering the impact ideas about sustainable, competitive and responsible tourism can bring to nature conservation and development of people's lives and livelihoods.

What do you learn?

  • to situate, explain and compare different disciplinary approaches to sustainable tourism practices that aim to contribute at conservation and development
  • to describe and evaluate how governance and policy processes influence the arrangement of actors, interests and ideas on conservation and development in tourism
  • to summarize and explain the interdisciplinary character of tourism as a field of study
  • to apply this knowledge in selected case studies
Course outline
Courses code and name of the courses Period, MO/AF CS or RO*
GEO-10806 Introduction Leisure, Tourism and Environment 4 MO+AF CS
FNP-24306 Governance for Forest, Nature and Biodiversity 5 MO RO
RSO-21306 Policy, People and Resources in Comparative Perspective 5 AF RO
PAP-30306 Designing Innovative Policy Arrangements 6 MO CS
GEO-53806 Development of Sustainable Tourism 6 AF CS
* CS = compulsory course, RO = restricted optional course

Students from BBC, BEB or with a background in sociology and/or anthropology have to choose FNP-24306. Students from BLP, BBN, BMW or with a background in policy related studies have to choose RSO-21306. Other students have to consult the minor coordinator - Dr. Karin Peters - to determine their RO-choice.

Can I do this minor?

This minor is created for WU-students of the BSc programmes BBN (specialisation: Policy and Society), BMW (specialisation: Environmental Policy and Management), BLP (specialisation: Spatial Planning), BBC or BEB. Also for other BSc students in cultural anthropology and development sociology, environment-society sciences (milieu-maatschappijwetenschappen) and human geography from Utrecht University and Nijmegen University. As well as VHL-students who study i.e Plattelandsvernieuwing or Bos en Natuurbeheer.