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Host Communities and Tourism

Consider the effects of tourism from the perspective of the communities.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

What would you implement to benefit both your hosts and the tourist experience?

Most tourism theories are developed from the perspectives of tourists. However, there’s also a need to consider the host communities’ perspective and the impacts tourism has – whether positive or negative. In this course, we’ll look at the effects tourism has on local communities, consider the impact on the local values and culture, and reflect on how easy it is for tourists to adapt their behaviour for a relatively short time.

What topics will you cover?

  • Spatial movement and the community
  • Temporal movement and the community
  • Voluntary movement and tourism
  • Opportunities for the community

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore contact theory and debate the impact of intercultural dialogue
  • Examine the opportunities that tourism creates for host communities
  • Reflect on the implications to the host community of three key characteristics of tourism: temporal, spatial and voluntary movement

Who is the course for?

Students who have a background in social sciences, arts and humanities, business studies or tourism and hospitality, or those with a background in sustainable development will be interested.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Lecturer in International Tourism Management and research fellow (Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations) at Coventry University.

Lecturer in Event Management

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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