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.
COURSES MUST BE TAKEN SEQUENTIALLY, BEGINNING WITH COURSE 1 IN THE FALL.
Introduction to Ecology & Sustainable Tourism Planning & Management
FALL 2017: Aug. 22-Dec. 16
$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.
Issues of Sustainability & Responsibility – Directed Readings
SPRING 2017: Jan. 11-May 17
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
Prerequisite: Course 1, Introduction to Ecology and Sustainable Tourism Planning and Management.
Ecotourism Project Implementation – Directed Study
SUMMER 2017: May-Sept. 9
$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.