Course code REIS202

REIS202 Introduction to the Master Program in Nature-based Tourism

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Course responsible: Stian Stensland
Teachers: Håvard Steinsholt, Ståle Navrud, Jan Vidar Haukeland, Knut Fossgard, Knut Bjørn Stokke, Thrond Oddvar Haugen, John Peter Fredman
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Max. 15 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2005-2006
Last time: 2015H
Preferential right:
First year students, M-REIS are given priority. Student from other study programs must contact course responsible to find out if they can take the course. Students at master level are given priority.
Course contents:
The course gives the new master students in nature-based tourism an introduction to topics and courses of the program. Topics in the course will include nature tourism, fishing tourism and fishing management, agriculture and tourism, building of cabins, development of alpine skiing facilities, land use policy of local governments, laws and regulations related to nature-based tourism. Organisation, marketing and sale of tourism products. Trends in nature-based tourism. Environmental consequences of nature-based tourism. This includes possibilities, challenges and conflicts related to these topics.
Learning outcome:

A qualified candidate shall have aquired the following learning goals:


Insight into the nature-based tourism sector in Norway, and an understanding of the role of natural resources for tourism and other uses nature areas.


By writing a feature article in newspaper format, the student shall be able to do public outreach about a specified topic.

Generell competence

Create motivation and insight into the different  options that the Master"s programme presents and help the students feel  like a group and create belonging and commitment.

Learning activities:
5-day field trip, lectures and semester assignment.
Teaching support:
The course has its own web page. Login: reis202 Password: gjest. The course responsible is available for questions during office hours.
1. Collection of articles, located on Fronter. 2. Other literature to be announced at the start of the semester.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
4-5-days of compulsory excursion.
The semester assignment includes two separate parts. Part one is a summary of the field trip. Part two is a chronicle about a specific case on the field trip. All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
Ca. 150 working hours for the students, including lectures, exercises/excursion and semester assignment.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
5-day compulsory field trip. Lectures.
NB! REIS202 is especially designed for first year masterstudents in Nature-based Tourism. REIS202 is their first course in the master program. Lectures and the field trip is therefore intended to give these students an overview of the choices and possibilities of what to expect later in the program. Thus, program structure and content, information about master thesis, supervisors, and experiences former students have made are a major part of the course.
Internal examiner.
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