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UGEC2192 Understanding Ecotourism


Lecture: Tuesdays 02:30 p.m. - 04:15 p.m.


Professor CHAN Chung Shing

Course Description

The first part of the course will cover the general introductory concepts and provide students with theoretical and historical background of the discipline. This will be followed by in-depth study of specific environmental settings and resource issues that will complement our understanding of ecotourism. Hong Kong is the main focus of discussion though examples or cases in Mainland China and around the world are also provided throughout the course. Critical issues in ecotourism such as its multi-dimensional impacts, governance, planning, and resource and visitor management will also be covered. Lastly, students will be exposed to the relation of the phenomenon of ecotourism and the concept of sustainable tourism. Some of the lectures will address SDGs, for example, Goals 12, 16 and 17 embrace the knowledge and evolution of environmentalism and nature-human relationship; Goals 14 and 15 connect with the concept of protected areas and environmental conservation; Goals 1, 3, 5, 8, 11, 12 and 13 cover multi-dimensional tourism impacts and, more importantly, climate change issue. The concept of sustainable development will frame and conclude the entire course since the concepts has played an indispensable role in tourism development nowadays.

Learning Outcome

  • Understand the basic concepts of ecotourism and its relation with the overall tourism industry; especially connecting ecotourism with sustainable tourism development.
  • Acquire knowledge in operating and managing ecotourism activities; and particularly how these ecotourism activities may impact economic, socio-cultural and ecological/environmental sustainability.
  • Develop an understanding and the skills and approaches necessary for interpreting relevant policy and planning of natural and man-made resources for (eco)tourism.
  • Enhance problem-solving capability using an integrative approach and critical thinking as introduced in the course, which draws students’ attention to how tourism and ecotourism may contribute to SDGs potentially.


2 -credits

Sustainable Development Goals

Four Areas UGEC Society and Culture

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