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Nature 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 understand the importance of natural areas for tourism
2.To identify singularities of nature tourism
3.To evaluate nature tourist profile
4.To know demand characteristics of nature tourism
5.To identify the potentialities of Portugal for the development of nature tourism
6.To recognize the importance of maps for tourist activity
7.To recognize the importance of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in tourism
8.To know how to use GIS for tourism purposes

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 | Natural areas as recreational and leisure areas
1.1. The importance of natural areas
1.2. Classification of natural areas
1.3. Development of tourism in natural areas (concepts and objective of nature tourism)
1.4. Nature tourist profile
1.5. Nature tourism as local driving force
1.6. Nature tourism in Portugal
Theme 2 | Geographical Information Systems in Nature Tourism
2.1. Notions of geographical position and orienting
2.2. Geographical Information Systems in Tourism
2.2. Design of Tourism Cartography

Recommended Bibliography

Chen, J., Prebensen, N. (2017). Nature Tourism. Routledge. 1st edition. ISBN: 978-1-138-96173-9 (hbk) / 978-1-315-65964-0 (ebk)
Kastenholz, E. (2014). “Novas dinâmicas turísticas em espaços rurais e de natureza”, in C. Costa, F. Brandão, R. Costa & Z. Breda (Eds.) Produtos e Competitividade do Turismo na Lusofonia (Vol. II). Escolar Editora.
Martins, F., Albuquerque, H. (2013). Turismo de Base Natural: um instrumento de apoio à Conservação das Áreas Húmidas? Revista Turismo & Desenvolvimento. 20 (número especial), 81-90, http://www.ua.pt/degei/rtd/indice20
Holden, A. (2016). Environment and Tourism, Routledge, 3rd edition, ISBN: 978-1-138-78576-2

Complementary Bibliography

Gossling, S., Hall, C. Michael, Soctt, D. (2015). Tourism and Water. Channel View Publications. ISBN-13: 978-1-84541-498-6 (pbk)
Kastenholz, E.; Eusébio, C.; Figueiredo, E.; Carneiro, M.J. & Lima, J. (2014) Desafios para a cocriação de experiências turísticas rurais sustentáveis, in Kastenholz, E.; Eusébio, C.; Figueiredo, E.; Carneiro, M.J. & Lima, J. (Coord.) Reinventar o turismo rural em Portugal – cocriação de experiências turísticas sustentáveis, pp.125-142. UA Editora. ISBN: 978-972-789-395-9. http://ria.ua.pt/handle/10773/11848
Kastenholz, E.; Carneiro; M. J.; Marques, C. & Lima, J. (2012) "Understanding and managing the rural tourism experience – the case of a historical village in Portugal", Tourism Management Perspectives, 4, 207–214.

Weekly Planning

Week 1
Presentation of the Unit Course (Syllabus, Objectives and Methodologies)
Theme 1 | Natural areas as recreational and leisure areas
1.1. The importance of natural areas
1.2. Classification of natural areas
Week 2
Theme 1 | Natural areas as recreational and leisure areas
1.1. The importance of natural areas
1.2. Classification of natural areas
Research work
Week 3
Theme 1 | Natural areas as recreational and leisure areas
1.3. Development of tourism in natural areas (concepts and objective of nature tourism)
1.4. Nature tourist profile
Construction of Tourist cartography
Week 4
Theme 1 | Natural areas as recreational and leisure areas
1.4. Nature tourist profile
1.5. Nature tourism as local driving force
Week 5
Theme 1 | Natural areas as recreational and leisure areas
1.6. Nature tourism in Portugal
Design of Tourism Cartography
Week 6
Work camp
Week 7
Written test
Theme 2 | Geographical Information Systems in Nature Tourism
2.1. Notions of geographical position and orienting
2.2. Geographical Information Systems in Tourism
Design of Tourism Cartography

Week 8
Theme 2 | Geographical Information Systems in Nature Tourism
Design of Tourism Cartography
Week 9
Design of tourism cartography
Work camp
Week 10
Design of tourism cartography
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 are coherent with the objectives of the Unit, as it can be seen through the comparative analysis of these two parameters. Objectives 1 to 5 will be achieved through the teaching of content 1.
Objectives 6 to 8 will be achieved through the content 2. This content will be practice using a geographical information system.

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 nature tourism 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.
Finally, conducting study visits and / or holding lectures with invited speakers will allow students to learn about nearby realities, enhancing the teaching-learning process of the CU.

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
LeadershipYesYes
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Problem-solvingYesYes
Relating to othersYesYes
Research skillsYesYes
Self-assessmentYesYes
TeamworkYesYes
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversityYesYes
Working in international context  
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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