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: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block, and continues throughout the fall semester.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2016-2017
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 shall give the new master students in nature-based tourism an introduction to NMBU, the master program, study plans, career and working life. Further an overview of the nature-based tourism sector with an emphasis on definitions, characteristics, actors, supply and demand. Premises and surroundings (raw material, law of common entry, communities etc.) and trends (outdoor recreation, activities, planning etc.).
Learning outcome:

A qualified candidate shall have acquired the following learning goals:


The course gives knowledge about nature-based tourism and its charactersistics and actors. Students get insight about the nature-based tourism sector in Norway,the Nordic countriea and internationally. The following is emphasized: Sustainability principles and the role of natural resources for tourism and other use.


The field trip and the term papers give the students skills in identifying and analyzing the cahracteristkcs of actors in the nature-based tourism sector. The innovation camp provides an opportunity to be creative and work with a business project. By writing a feature article in newspaper format, the student shall be able to do public outreach about a specified topic.

Generell competence

Students get insight about nature-based tourism and its actors, surroundings and development. The course shall provide competence about responsible development and management in the nature-based tourism field. REIS202 shall also give a foundation for reflection about nature-based tourism relationship to nature. local communities, and economic development. Further, create motivation and insight into the different options that the Master program presents and help the students feel like a group and create belonging and commitment.

Learning activities:
5-day field trip, Innovation camp, lectures, guest speakers, and semester assignments.
Teaching support:
The course responsible is available for questions during office hours.

1. Collection of articles, located in Canvas:

a) Articles about Hallingdal

b) Feature articles (kronikk)

c) Other articles

2 Kamfjord, G. 2011. Det helhetlige reiselivsproduktet. Bind 1.

3) Lectures

4) Field trip presentations.

.5). Other literature to be announced at the start of the semester.

REIS200 (can be taken same semester) or similar tourism competence
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
5-days of compulsory field trip in the third week of the August block. Innovation camp in the fall parallel.

Grades: A-E / Not passed

The semester assignment includes three separate parts. All parts count equally, and each must be passed to pass the course:

  • Part one is a summary of the field trip and a discussion part. Individual assignment handed in at the end of the August block.
  • Part two is a chronicle about a specific case on the field trip. Individual assignment handed in in the fall parallel.
  • Part three is a term paper (group work) handed in in the end of the fall parallel. 
Nominal workload:
Ca. 300 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:
The course has been changed as of 2016. Parts of the former REIS200 is now included in REIS202. The new REIS20 is as of fall 2016 reduced to 5 ECTS.
Type of course:
5-day compulsory field trip. Innovation Camp. Lectures.

Application for the course must be delivered to the course responsible by August 1st

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.External examiner evaluates some of the written work.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått