Course Outcomes

  • Insights into fundamentals of Sustainable Development within field of tourism

  • Diverse Range of Case Studies

  • Fundamentals from a Planning and Policy Perspective

Course Brief

Tourism is one of the world's fastest growing industries and is a major source of income for many regions and even entire countries. It is likely that the tourism industry will continue to dominate the domestic and international scene for many years to come. However, like other forms of development, tourism can also cause its share of problems such as social dislocation, loss of natural and cultural heritage, over exploitation of natural resources and ecological degradation. 

This makes sustainability an imperative need for all stakeholders in the tourism field. This course will introduce you to tourism development history and the perils it brings along for the local environment, community and economy. You will be exposed to the fundamentals of sustainable development within the tourism field, exploring the international agendas and goals laid down for sustainable tourism. This course further delves into a diverse range of case studies both negative and positive for understanding what sustainable tourism can mean in different contexts. At the same time, it puts forward potentials and perspectives from a planning and policy perspective. Based on short assignments and exercises throughout the course, you will be challenged to form your own arguments for sustainable tourism development.

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Who should take this course?

The course has been designed so that anyone can join and learn. It primarily looks into - tourism, it's effects on the environment and how those can be countered.

  • Planning Students

  • Architecture students interested in larger level planning and policy research

  • Anyone planning tourism related thesis or dissertation research

Course Benefit

  • Earn a Certificate upon completion

  • Set your own pace and start learning any time, from anywhere in the world.

  • Course Videos, Readings and Graded Assignments with feedback

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Course Curriculum

The entire course is divided into 6 modules. Every module is divided into multiple short lectures of 7-15 minutes. Modules consist of assignments, MCQs, additional resources and interactive material that will enrich the student’s learning experience. 

  • Day 1: Introduction and Overview
  • Day 2: Sustainable Tourism
  • Day 3: Impacts of Tourism - A Case Study
  • Day 4: How to approach sustainable tourism?
  • Day 5: How to approach sustainable tourism?
  • Day 6: Conclusion

Course Mentors

Ar. Nikita Verma

Chief-in-Pedagogy, Ethos | Ideace

Nikita Verma is a graduate in architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and post-graduate with Masters in Urban Studies from the Bauhaus University, Germany. 

She has led and been part of international urbanism workshops  such as 'Living day to day with River Seine' 'Les Ateliers, Cergy, France and 'Winter Uni' conducted by ISTU (Irkutsk State Technical University) in Siberia; written a Synthesis Paper and Policy Brief for Resilient Cities Initiative with Tandem Research; received an Honorable Mention for the Re-Inventing Dharavi Competition in 2014 (Team effort).

She received the Bauhaus Degree Completion Scholarship and an additional grant from Women's Promotion Fund of the Bauhaus University for her Master Thesis on 'Urban Strategies for Development of Hill Towns in Indian Himalayas'. She is a member of the Council of Architecture-India, ISOCARP, Le Ateliers (Cergy) & IAESTE. 

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