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Urban Tourism 2017/2018

  • 4 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Final Assessment

Objectives

a) To define city, urban tourism, understanding the evolution of the concept of urban tourism;
b) To understand the concepts of cultural and natural landscape of the city taking into account its value for Tourism;
c) To know the typologies of city and of urban infrastructures;
d) To know some of the conflicts generated between tourism and city: community of residents and tourists.
e) To analyze the importance of the product "city breaks" in the scope of Tourism in Portugal
f) To explore the profile of the urban tourist
g) To reflect on the risks and opportunities in view of the increase in the number of tourists in the cities.
h) To develop a case study applying the knowledge acquired.

Recommended Prerequisites

Not Aplicable

Teaching Metodology

The dissemination of knowledge will be carried out through hours of theoretical-practical contact that will be taught through theoretical exposition regarding the general contents of each thematic unit, complemented with the analysis and discussion of case studies (mainly through the analysis of scientific articles), sessions seminar with guest speakers and, if possible, study visits. There will also be practical sessions of orientation of work to be carried out by the students, individual and in group, during the course of the classes, as well as in the tutorial regime.
The application of knowledge will have as a strong component a methodology based on research projects; group work; reflection; brainstorming and conceptual schemes.
In order to facilitate student development, comments will also be developed; learning contract and profile.

Body of Work

1. Basic concepts and definitions: Definition of city. Definition of urban tourism and evolution Week 2. Theoretical and conceptual framework of the relationships between landscape. Understand the value of the cultural and natural landscape of the city
3. To realize a diagnosis of conflicts generated between tourism and the city: community of residents and tourists.
4. Types of cities in terms of tourism; Types of infrastructures. Identify important facilities in the city.
5. City Break and the importance of the product "city breaks" in the scope of Tourism in Portugal.
6. Profile of the urban tourist. Risks and opportunities of the tourist increase in cities.
7. Case study.

Recommended Bibliography

Ashworth, G. (2012). Do we understand Urban Tourism? Tourism Hospit 1:e117. doi:10.4172/2167-0269.1000e117

Costa, C., Albuquerque, H. (2017). Um novo modelo conceptual para o Turismo Urbano (capítulo 29). In Silva, F., Umbelino, J. Planeamento e Desenvolvimento Turístico. Edições Lidel 409-423

Dale Miller, Bill Merrilees & Alexandra Coghlan (2015) Sustainable urban tourism: understanding and developing visitor pro-environmental behaviours, Journal of Sustainable
Tourism, 23:1, 26-46, DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2014.912219

Öztürk, P. (2015),"Urban tourism and spatial segmentation in the field of restaurants: the case of Amsterdam", International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Vol. 9 Iss 2 pp. 85 – 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJCTHR-09-2014-0074

Silva, F., Umbelino, J. (2017). Planeamento e desenvolvimento turístico. Lidel. Lisboa

United Nations. (2014). World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 Revision. Highlights.

Complementary Bibliography

http://www.ambitur.pt/opiniao-turismo-urbano-novos-desafios/

http://www.ambitur.pt/turismo-urbano-com-crescimento-acelerado/

Weekly Planning

Week 1: Concepts and basic definitions: Definition of city. Definition of urban tourism and evolution Week 2: Theoretical and conceptual framework of the relationships between landscape. Understand the value of the cultural and natural landscape of the city
Week 3. Diagnosis of conflicts generated between tourism and the city: community of residents and tourists.
Week 4,5 and 6: Tourist typologies of cities; Types of infrastructures. Identify important facilities in the city.
Week 7. City Break and importance of the product "city breaks" within the scope of Tourism in Portugal.
Week 8. Profile of the urban tourist. Risks and opportunities in the face of rising numbers of tourists in cities.
Week 9. Distribution of work and tasks of information gathering, comparative analysis and case study evaluation - the case of Porto.
Week 10, 11, 12, 13: Monitoring and orientation different individual works
Week 14 and 15: Results and presentation of data.

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

The contents of the UC are organized taking into account the objectives to be achieved by the students. The division of programmatic contents into 6 different points will allow an agglutinative approach to the different contexts of urban tourism, taking into account the landscape, the culture, the typologies of tourism and the opportunities and problems that can arise from the relationship between tourists and residents. The development of a practical case study in the city of Porto will allow to consolidate the knowledge acquired in the classroom.

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, coupled with the interactive method, will enable the student to understand the fundamental concepts of urban tourism analysis expressed in the various objectives of the CU. Practical work, with the elaboration of a questionnaire and its subsequent application in the city of Porto, will allow students a more real contact with the problems of urban tourism and apply the knowledge acquired in a concrete case.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Research skillsYesYes
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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