Data on the course
790610S Sustainable tourism development in Northern environments, 10 ECTS cr  
Code 790610S  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Sustainable tourism development in Northern environments  Abbreviation Sustainable tou 
Scope 10 ECTS cr  
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3203 Geography 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Geography 

Kaarina Tervo-Kankare 

ECTS Credits 

10 ects

Language of instruction 



Spring semester, online (University’s online learning platform)

Learning outcomes 

To familiarize students with theory and knowledge related to sustainable tourism development in Northern environments.


In the course students will

  1. Gain knowledge of the phenomena of northern tourism; the place of sustainable northern tourism within globalization and climate change; and the socio-cultural dimensions of northern tourism.
  2. Acquire skills that will enable them to critically evaluate why the phenomena of northern tourism should be studied; identify the implications of northern tourism for indigenous cultures; evaluate the implications of northern tourism as related to local communities and resources; and critically examine governance aspects of northern tourism
  3. Get the general competence of synthesizing academic reading materials read; participating in master’s level discussion of course materials; and developing research and writing skills to a Master’s level.

The course will address tourism in the circumpolar north from a societal perspective. It will present different views on the phenomenon and its dimensions, resources and implications for nature, places and cultures involved. The place of northern tourism in times of globalization and emergent global issues like climate changes will be explored, together with the relevant governance aspects.

Mode of delivery 

Online (University of Oulu’s Moodle environment)

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Learning will take place in interactive and collaborative forms. It will take place on-line, through such methods as lectures, group discussions, and teamwork. Instructors and students will share discoveries and materials during the course, and use a variety of communication tools. 

Target group 

Geography students, especially students who will specialize to Tourism Geography. Tourism Geographies Double Degree (DD) students from Germany. Geography exchange students.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree in tourism, social science, humanities or science, or Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.

Recommended optional programme components 

Course is part of UArctic studies and Tourism Geographies Double Degree (DD) studies. 

Person responsible 

Kaarina Tervo-Kankare


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
Sustainable tourism development in Northern environments  Course  10  Kaarina Tervo-Kankare  07.01.21 -02.03.21

Future examinations
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