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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

This subject analyzes the natural environment for tourism development, location patterns and territorial management. The relationships between the natural environment and tourism are object of study, including location factors at different scales, together with the analysis of the main tourist regions of the world. It is a basic subject from the territorial analysis point of view that gives students theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The assessment of tourist development process all over the world provides students a critical awareness and different tools for professional development in the field of tourism.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences acquired at University of Alicante (CGUA)

  • CGUA2 : Be able to use basic ICT tools at user level.
  • CGUA3 : Oral and written communication skills: Be able to express oneself correctly in one of the two official languages of the Region of Valencia in one's discipline.
  • CGUA4 : Be able to commit oneself ethically with sustainability, fundamental rights, equality of men and women, the principles of equal opportunity and universal accessibility for the disabled, as well as the values of a peaceful, democratic culture.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1 : Understand the principles of tourism: its spatial, social, cultural, legal, political, labour and economic dimension.
  • CE18 : Identify and manage tourist areas and destinations.
  • CE27 : Understand the working of tourist destinations, structures and business sectors worldwide.
  • CE3 : Understand the dynamic and evolutionary nature of tourism in the new leisure society.
  • CE8 : Evaluate tourist potential and the prospective analysis of exploiting it.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2022-23

General Objectives

  • Understanding the influence of the elements of the geographical environment, and in particular, the importance of tourism resources in the development of tourism.
  • Analysing international tourist flows and major destinations worldwide as well as the factors that have influenced its development and major trends in the short and medium term.
  • Communicate interpersonally.

Conceptual Objectives

  • Understanding the different dimensions of tourism and their interrelationships.
  • Learn recent trends and dynamics of tourism in the context of globalization and sustainability.
  • Know the different components of the tourism system and their interrelationships, and the causes and consequences of its operation for destinations.
  • Explain the location factors tourism activities.
  • Knowing the geographical, social, economic, political, cultural particularities of tourism resources and destinations.
  • Understand the interrelationships of tourism with environmental processes that interact at local, regional and global scale, with particular attention to the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Procedural Objectives

  • Explaining the global tourism systems and concrete tourist destinations through the analysis on different territorial scales.
  • Identify and describe the attractions of an area or region and the different types of tourism.
  • Developing inventories and catalogs of tourist resources.
  • Use appropriate methods and techniques to assess the tourism potential of territorial resources.
  • Locate and describe the major tourist regions.
  • Manage different sources of information for analyzing tourism.                                                                                                     Analyzing data of economic, sociocultural and territorial environment at different scales to interpret their influence in tourist destinations.

Attitudinal Objectives

  • Develop critical thinking skills about the processes of tourism development in relation to the principles of social and environmental ethics.
  • Demonstrate interest in the knowledge of the reality and evolution of tourist areas.





Code: 23516
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,80
Practical credits: 0,60
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,8
    Practical credits: 0,6
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

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