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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - IDS6236

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-08-29
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 4/11/12 for May. For Sust. Tourism Conc. Approved by GC for 5/7. GC appd 5/15/12. to USF 5/15/12. to SCNS 5/23/12. Appd eff 8/1/12. Number 6100 appd as 6236

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2672 2011-11-17
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Graduate School GS
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dr. David W. Randle 7273886675

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    IDS 6236 Sustainable Tourism Development: Principles & Practices

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Sustainable Tourism Dev.
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections) 0



    Course Description

    Focuses on environmentally and socially responsible tourism strategies and innovations. Emphasizes establishing policies and management plans to identify and reduce the environmental impact created by tourism facilities and services.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Acquire an understanding of sustainable tourism and its aims.

    2. Acquire an understanding of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and its role in promoting sustainable tourism.

    3. Acquire an understanding or the interrelationships between people, the environment, and profits, in the development of successful, sustainable tourism programs.

    4. Acquire an understanding of the basic principles of sustainable tourism development.

    5. Acquire an understanding of the potential economic, social, and environmental impacts resulting from tourism development.

    6. Acquire an understanding of the importance of creating positive company and community cultures that support sustainable tourism principles and practices.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this course students should be able to:

    1. Understand the concept of sustainable tourism development.

    2. Relate sustainable tourism to economic structures and systems.

    3. Understand the relationship between tourism, society and culture, and sustainability.

    4. Be familiar with present trends in sustainable tourism development.

    C. Major Topics

    1. The Origins of Sustainable Tourism

    2. The Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and Concepts

    3. The State of the Global Environment

    4. Tourism, Hospitality, and the Environment: Impacts and Solutions

    5. Environment Law, Voluntary Initiatives, and Principles for Sustainable Development

    6. Environment Management Systems (EMS)

    7. The Sustainable Siting, Design, and Construction of Tourism Facilities

    8. Economics of Sustainable Tourism

    9. Business and Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Tourism

    10. Social and Cultural Issues of Sustainable Tourism

    D. Textbooks

    Sewing Seeds of Change, a UNEP publication;

    Sustainable Tourism: Theory and Practice, by David Weaver

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    • Siting and Design Guidelines

    • Desinet Sustainable Tourism Portal

    • United Nations Environment Program

    • National Geographic Society

    • Centre for Environmentally Responsible Tourism

    • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

    • United Nation's World Tourism Organisation

    • World Travel and Tourism Council

    • Tour Operator Initiative for Sustainable Development (TOI)

    • International Tourism Partnership

    • Tourism Site - Network for the sustainable development of tourism destinations in Europe

    • Local Agenda 21 examples of sustainable tourism

    • Australian Research Centre for Tourism (crctourism)

    • Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA)- code for PATA and for travelers

    • The Sustainable Tourism Gateway

    • Global Sustainable Tourism Council Resource Center -

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    • Paper - 25%

    • Exams - 25%

    • Project - 25%

    • Field Investigation - 25%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Global Sustainability

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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