These online courses are designed to develop a strong online community of learners through asynchronous classroom discussions between students and the instructor.
The first course in the series begins each fall semester.
FALL 2016 – Aug. 24-Dec. 18: COURSE 1
Introduction to Ecology & Sustainable Tourism
Planning & Management
$500 + $200 for credit, EMP x218 (4 units, optional)
A virtual guided tour of eight trips highlighting the history, concepts, principles and practice guidelines that distinguish ecotourism as a travel-style and destination as well as a means for sustainable economic development and conservation of critical natural areas.
One text is required.
SPRING 2016 - Jan. 19-May 14: COURSE 2
Issues of Sustainability and Responsibility – Directed Readings
Class #: 27609, $350 + $150 for credit, EMP x318 (3 units, optional, 27610)
This course takes you on three journeys into the unknown.
- Climate change and carbon offsets
- Ecological footprints and biodiversity
- Community-based ecotourism and sustainable livelihoods
Three texts are required.
Prerequisite: Course 1, Introduction to Ecology and Sustainable Tourism Planning and Management.
SUMMER 2015 – June 1-Sept. 11: COURSE 3
Ecotourism Project Implementation – Directed Study
$350 + $150 for credit, EMP x418 (3 units, optional)
This course involves each student in a special ecological tourism study project.
For example, ecotourism projects can include developing an itinerary for an ecotour; a sustainable tourism marketing plan for a specific region, community, ecotour company or ecolodge facility; an interpretive and education program for ecotourists, among others.
Prerequisite: Course 2, Issues of Sustainability and Responsibility.