Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Tourism and International Development

Course summary

Course code: CATE1178
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Business Faculty
Department: Marketing, Events and Tourism
Course Coordinator(s): James Kennell


Pre and co requisites



This course analyses the relationship between tourism and development in an international context, in both developing and developed countries. Students will critically analyse the concept of development as a process of transition and a status, and evaluate the methodologies used for measuring development internationally. Throughout the course, students will evaluate the range of strategies and techniques available to governments for meeting development agendas through tourism. During the course, the relationship between tourism and a range of other public policy areas related to development will be critiqued.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Critically discuss the concept of development and the methods for measuring it
2 Critically analyse the ways in which tourism can be used as a tool for development
3 Critically evaluate the relationship between tourism and other areas of public policy

Indicative content

• 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 delivered through a series of lectures and tutorials. Activities and materials that will be used to deliver the course include the following: structured reading to prepare for tutorials, field visits, case studies, role‐playing activities, debates, discussion of newspaper and other articles and assessment briefing and feedback work‐shops.


Exam - 100% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Students will complete a two hour open book exam.3000 word equivalent.