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Geography of Tourism 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment

Objectives

It is intended with this curricular unit that the students acquire a solid theoretical knowledge, as well as a set of methodologies and techniques of analysis that allow them to achieve the following objectives::
1.To know the concepts related to tourism geography
2.To understand the diversity of geographical spaces and its influences in the development of tourist activities
3.To understand the evolution of tourist areas in Portugal and in the world
4.To recognize the importance of maps for tourist activity
5.To recognize the importance of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in tourism
6.To know how to use GIS for tourism purposes
7.To recognize the importance of Territorial Planning and Management in the development of tourism

Recommended Prerequisites

n.a.

Teaching Metodology

Theoretical-practical classes to explore concepts and to apply contents to concrete situations.
Use of methods of theoretical exposition of the various contents, complemented with interactive methods that stimulate student
participation through discussion, analysis of case studies, role-playing, brainstorming, etc.
Practical work using Geographical Information System to design tourist cartography
Study visits to consolidate knowledges.

Body of Work

Theme 1 | Concepts in Tourism Geography
1.1. The concept of geographical space
1.2. Diversity of geographical spaces
1.3. Diversity of tourist areas
1.4. The evolution of tourist areas in the world and in Portugal

Theme 2 | Cartography in Tourism
2.1. Notions of geographical position and orienting
2.2. Geographical Information Systems in Tourism
2.2. Design of Tourism Cartography

Theme 3 | Territorial Planning and management
3.1. Territorial Planning and management Organizations
3.2. Territorial Plans
3.3. Planning and management of Tourist Areas

Recommended Bibliography

Williams, S., Lew, A. (2015). Tourism Geography: Critical Understandings of Place, Space and Experience, Routledge, 3rd edition, ISBN: 978-0-415-85444-3
Hall, C. M. (2014). The Geography of Tourism and Recreation: Environment, Place and Space, Routledge, 4th edition ISBN: 978-0-415-83399-8
Supak, S.K. et al., 2014. An Open Source Web-Mapping System for Tourism Planning and Marketing. Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, 31(7), pp.835–853. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10548408.2014.890153
Albuquerque, H., Martins, F., Raposo, R., Cardoso, L., Pereira, P., Dias, P. (2016). Construction of a web-based geographical information system – the case of “Ria de Aveiro” region, Anatolia, 27:1, 71-81, Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13032917.2015.1083210

Complementary Bibliography

Jovanovic, V. & Njeguš, A., 2008. The application of gis and its components in tourism. Yugoslav Journal of Operations Research, 18(2), pp.261–272. Available at: http://www.doiserbia.nb.rs/img/doi/0354-0243/2008/0354-02430802261J.pdf
Bahaire, T. & Elliott-White, M., 1999. The Application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Sustainable Tourism Planning: A Review. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 7(2), pp.159–174. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09669589908667333
Farsari, Y. & Prastacos, P., 2004. GIS Applications in the Planning and Management of Tourism. In A. Lew, Alan; Hall, C. Michael; Williams, ed. A Companion to Tourism. Blackweel Publishing, pp. 596 – 607.
Mcadam, D., 1999. The Value and Scope of Geographical Information Systems in Tourism Management.Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 7(1), pp.77–92. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09669589908667327

Weekly Planning

Week 1
Presentation of the Unit Course (Syllabus, Objectives and Methodologies)
Week 2
Theme 1 | Concepts in Tourism Geography
The concept of geographical space
Diversity of geographical spaces
Week 3
Theme 2 | Cartography in Tourism
Notions of geographical position and orienting
Work camp
Week 4
Theme 1 | Concepts in Tourism Geography
Diversity of tourist areas
The evolution of tourist areas in the world and in Portugal
Week 5
Theme 2 | Cartography in Tourism
Geographical Information Systems in Tourism
Design of Tourism Cartography
Week 6
Report about the first theme.
Work camp
Week 7
Theme 3 | Territorial Planning and management
Territorial Planning and management Organizations
Territorial Plans
Design of tourism cartography
Week 8
Theme 3 | Territorial Planning and management
Planning and management of Tourist Areas
Design of tourism cartography
Week 9
Design of tourism cartography
Work camp
Week 10
Written test
Week 11
Design of tourism cartography
Week 12
Design of tourism cartography
Week 13
Design of tourism cartography
Week 14
Design of tourism cartography
Week 15
Presentation of the works

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The syllabus is coherent with the objectives of the Unit, as it can be seen through the comparative analysis of these two parameters. Objective 1, 2 and 3 will be achieved through the teaching of content 1.
Objectives 4, 5 and 6 will be achieved through the content 2. This content will be practice using a geographical information system. Objective 7 will be implemented through the theme 3.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The teaching methodologies adopted are consistent with the objectives of the curricular unit, integrating a set of activities that allow students to have the necessary tools to consolidate the acquired knowledge. Firstly, the use of the expository method, associated to the interactive method, will allow the student to understand the fundamental concepts of tourism geography expressed in the various objectives of the CU. The activities of research and analysis of documents, as well as the accomplishment of group work, will allow to consolidate the acquired knowledge and apply this knowledge to concrete cases. The use of a geographical information system will help students to understand the importance of mapping in tourism and how to design tourist cartography.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situationsYesYes
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Balanced decision makingYesYes
Bargaining ability  
Commitment to effectivenessYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
CreativityYesYes
Cultural awarenessYesYes
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Foreign language proficiencyYes 
Information and learning managementYesYes
Initiative and entrepreneurship capability  
IT and technology proficiencyYesYes
Leadership  
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Problem-solvingYesYes
Relating to othersYesYes
Research skillsYesYes
Self-assessmentYesYes
TeamworkYesYes
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversityYesYes
Working in international contextYes 
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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