Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Tourism, Development and Public Policy

Course summary

Course code: CATE1152
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: Marketing, Events and Tourism
Course Coordinator(s): Samantha Chaperon



This course aims to:
Critique the relationship between tourism and public policy at the international, national, regional and local levels;
Appraise how and why governments and other agencies make tourism policy decisions with the aim of achieving development objectives;
Examine the process of policy formulation and the role and level of influence of the various actors and groups involved in the tourism policy-making arena;
Analyse the concept of 'development' as both a process of transition and as an achieved status and critically evaluate the methods used for measuring levels of development;
Critically analyse the range of strategies available to governments for meeting development agendas through tourism.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:
Demonstrate a critical awareness of the notion of public policy for tourism and critically examine policy formulation within complex policy-making frameworks;
Critically evaluate the relationship between policy-making for tourism and other fields of public policy at the national level, and also appreciate the external influences on tourism policy;
Critically discuss the concept of development and evaluate the methods of measuring development;
Demonstrate a critical awareness of how tourism is often used by governments as a 'tool' for meeting development agendas;
Communicate effectively to a range of audiences in both written and oral format.

Indicative content

Defining public policy and public policy for tourism;
The nature of tourism policy as a political framework for the tourism industry and for tourist activity;
The process of tourism policy formulation and the applicability of the policymaking model in practice;
Institutional frameworks for tourism policy-making and the role and levels of influence of the various actors and groups of actors involved, i.e. government, public-private-partnerships, private sector and interest groups;
The changing nature of government involvement in policy-making for tourism;
The benefits and limitations of collaborative arrangements in tourism policy-making;
Tourism policy instruments and implementation;
The multi-scalar nature of tourism policy-making and external influences;
The relationship between tourism and other fields of public policy;
The concept of 'development' and issues associated with defining development, e.g. 'underdeveloped', 'least developed', 'developing' etc.
Measuring development;
Tourism as a driver of development and as a 'tool' for meeting development agendas;
Tourism's role in various development paradigms, such as modernisation, dependency, economic neo-liberalism and the alternative paradigm;
Tourism development strategies, i.e. economic development, poverty reduction, pro-poor tourism, sustainable development, environmental agendas, regeneration etc.

Teaching and learning activity

This course will be taught using a mixture of lectures and tutorials. The lectures will be tutor-led as there is much information about this topic that needs disseminating, but interactive lectures will be included where appropriate. The tutorials will be more student-led and both active learning and enquiry-based learning will be incorporated. Students will be encouraged to carry out self-study, and much of this will be supported by structured learning materials. Further, a visit will be organised to a UK site to illustrate to students how tourism policies are put into practice.
Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)
Contact Hours:
lectures 25
practical sessions
tutorials 25
Private Study 100
Assignments: course work and other forms of assessment:
coursework 100
laboratory work
examinations 50


Essay - 40%
3000 words.
An essay question that meets the learning outcomes of the course.

Group Presentation - 20%
15 minutes.
A group presentation topic that meets the learning outcomes of the course.

Exam - 40%
3 hours, equivalent to 4500 words.
Exam questions that meet the learning outcomes of the course.

Pass mark - 40%