Geography of Tourism and Leisure


a) To understand tourism as an element of territorial mutation in its economic, social and cultural perspectives as well as its diversity and multicultural character;
b) To analyze the touristic sector and leisure activities from an offer and demand point of view, according to the most common classifications;
c) To identify different touristic development models based on national and international examples;
d) To use the knowledge in practical cases, namely to create promotional strategies and/or touristic development;
e) To develop methodologies of analysis and diagnosis, socially, culturally and environmentally sustainable for the planning of tourism.

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Ashaw, G. & Williams, A. (2002). Critical Issues in Tourism, A Geographical Perspective. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, pp. 1-42, 76-99, 296-367.

Careto, H. & Lima, S. (2006). Turismo e Desenvolvimento Sustentável. GEOTA, Vol. 1, pp. 21-97.

Crouch, D. (2000). Leisure and Tourism Geographies: Practices and Geographical Knowledge. Londres e Nova Iorque: Routledge, pp.1-16, 238-256.

Hall, C. M. (2005). Reconsidering the Geography of Tourism and Contemporary Mobility. Institute of Australian Geographers, pp.125-139.

Holden, A. (2008). Environment and Tourism. Routledge: London and New York, chapter 2, pp. 25-64.

Teaching method

Expositive and participative teaching; discussion of case-studies; field work.

Evaluation method

Test of all the program (60%), individual or group essay (until 3 students), based on literature and documental information, resulting from autonomous research, eventually field work (25%). Oral presentation with powerpoint (20 minutes) followed by public debate (10%).

[According to the assessment of FCSH rules, the proposed evaluation elements introduced to students in the first class may suffer readjustments, namely in the weight of each element].

Subject matter

1) Introduction to Tourism and Leisure Geography – objectives, concepts and general notions
2) Causes and consequences of tourism and leisure in society, economy and culture
3) The importance of tourism and leisure for development and its evaluation - statistics and indicators of offer and demand
4) Motivations of the tourists and their typologies
5) Tourism, leisure and environment - sustainable tourism
6) Territorial planning in tourism and leisure
7) Recent trends in tourism - types and dynamics
8) Tourism and leisure in Portugal
9) New technologies and innovation in tourism and leisure - evolution dynamics.


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