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Responsible Tourism and Ethics BRL201

The course addresses topics that are critical to the management of tourism such as impacts of tourism (both positive and negative), current trends, ethical principles, and conflicts, etc. Both the natural environments as well as the local cultures will be explored in relation to these issues. The course also explores some of the tools used in managing the challenges that may arise as a result of tourism.

Course description for study year 2021-2022





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Faculty of Social Sciences, Norwegian School of Hotel Management

Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course the candidate should have gained the following knowledge, skills, and general competence:


Upon completion of this course, the candidate:

  • Will have a basic understanding of the ideals of the concept of responsible tourism and to give an insight into the main challenges of managing tourism in accordance with these principles
  • Will have knowledge about the broader concepts of responsible tourism with an emphasis on the economic, socio-cultural, and environmental impacts related to tourism
  • Will have knowledge of key issues that are critical for the future progress of responsible tourism
  • Will have knowledge of different techniques for determining and achieving the objectives of conservation as well as socio-economic development


Upon completion of this course, the candidate:

  • Will understand the importance of interpretation in tourism as well as evaluating best interpretation techniques to enhance tourist experiences
  • Will be able to use relevant concepts, techniques, and other materials to assess methods to develop responsible tourism from a global perspective.
  • Will have the ability to critically discuss and reflect upon responsible tourism and its core principles in relation to other concepts of tourism

General competence

Upon completion of this course, the candidate:

  • Will be able to reflect on his/her own knowledge and experience to participate in discussions related to future concerns and the development of tourism
  • Will be able to provoke critical thinking on the future of tourism and the responsibilities of the tourism industry
  • Will be able to discuss and reflect upon the latest research within sustainable and responsible tourism

The course offers an in-depth view of the impacts of tourism on the natural environment as well as on local cultures and describes some of the tools used in managing this problem. Examples, cases and discussions will be important elements of the course.

Examples of important topics in the course:

  •  the main principles of responsible tourism 
  •  the magnitude of tourism impacts and cultural conflicts linked to global tourism
  • management strategies and tools in sustainable tourism (such as visitor planning, interpretations and information, tour guiding, management planning for destinations, organisations and natural areas/national parks)
  • the influence of environmental and ethical organisations on tourism behavior
Required prerequisite knowledge
Eksamen / vurdering

Written group assignment and two written exams

Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Karakter Hjelpemiddel
Home exam in group 3/10 1 Semesters A - F
Written exam 5/10 4 Hours A - F Dictionary
Midterm exam 2/10 1 Hours A - F Dictionary

The home exam can be written individually or in groups with maximum 3 students.

Coursework requirements
Oral presentation
The group project should be presented in class by all members of the group. The choice of case and topic should be accepted during the first part of the course and should be presented briefly to the class during one of the lectures. By the end of the course the projects are to be presented as a whole (8-10 minutes) during a presentation-seminar. The oral presentation is required to be admitted to the individual written exam.
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Åsa Helen Grahn
Course teacher: Trude Furunes
Head of Department: Trude Furunes
Method of work
Beside lectures, the students should work with, discuss and present relevant cases in groups and in plenum. Parts of the lectures will be held in seminar form where discussion in class is emphasised. Lectures, guest lectures and presentations will be in English. Excursions will be considered.
Course assessment
The course will be student-evaluated in accordance with the evaluative system of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Globally Responsible Tourism (BRL390) 10
The syllabus can be found in Leganto