Course code REIS320

REIS320 Visitor Management in Recreational and Protected Areas

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Course responsible: Øystein Aas
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Spring parallell. 
Course frequency: Yearly.
First time: Study year 2022-2023
Course contents:
The growth in nature-based tourism and recreation in nearby nature during the pandemic has increased the need for knowledge-based visitor management of natural areas. This course provides the students with an interdisciplinary basis to understand, map, monitor and manage recreational and protected areas subject to active use. This includes understanding human behaviour and experiences in nature, as well as human impacts on vegetation, soil and wildlife. The course then addresses how goal-directed management measures should aim to create valuable experiences for visitors, prevent and mitigate conflicts between recreation, tourism, local communities and biodiversity.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge: The students can analyse and monitor human use of nature, their experiences, consequences of their activities, and how its volume and character affect social and environmental conditions in a natural area. The students shall learn how to use social scientific and ecological theories and data in designing effective management of visitors to avoid negative impacts and prevent overtourism.

Skills: The students know the main methods to map, monitor and report environmental and social conditions in a natural area used for recreation and tourism, including monitoring equipment and secondary data.

General competence: The students have acquired experience in a field where social and natural sciences are actively combined to identify local, sustainable management.

Learning activities:
Lectures, excursions, discussions, independent study.
Teaching support:
The candidate's learning can be supported through discussions in class and in groups, and through academic supervision during the teacher's office hours.
Syllabus:
Articles, reports shared on Canvas before the course starts and all that is covered in the lectures.
Prerequisites:
Completed bachelor degree.
Recommended prerequisites:
Previous courses at the BSc level in nature-based tourism, ecotourism, outdoor recreation, natural resource management or ecology.
Mandatory activity:
All students need to attend the first lecture as well as excursions, and all need to submit and have approved a reflection note based on the excursions.
Assessment:
Written home-exam during 24 hours.
Nominal workload:
Lectures appr. 25 hours, 25 hours colloquim, 15 hours excursions, students’ own effort: Appr. 60 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
40 hours.
Examiner:
External censor rates the exam.
Examination details: Home exam: Letter grades