Principles, paradigms, policies, practice

Department of Tourism Management
(formerly Tourism and Environment)

Principles, paradigms, policies, practice

Learning how to make tourism sustainable

Click here to view the Tourism Management
(formerly Tourism and Environment)
section of the Brock Undergraduate Calendar

During your program of undergraduate studies, you will take courses which introduce you to the principles of sustainability and teach you how to apply them to tourism in all of its forms and contexts. You'll work at all scales, from the local to the global, and look at both the theoretical and the practical aspects of tourism, always considering the economic, environmental, and sociopolitical dimensions. You have the option to do a 4-year Honours degree (the recommended choice, with a strong research component); a 4-year Major degree (consisting primarily of coursework); or a 3-year Pass degree (covering the basics of the field of study).

First Year provides a year-long introductory foundation course in tourism and environment which introduces the field, provides key definitions and concepts, and familiarizes you with viewing tourism through the lens of sustainability.

In Year Two, you'll get a thorough grounding in fundamental principles and paradigms of tourism and environment, as well as an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods relevant to the field.

By Year Three, you will move on to embrace policy analysis and interdisciplinary synthesis, and further improve your research capabilities. Year Three is also the time when you are encouraged to participate in a formal international learning experience, either through the departmental Term Abroad program, an international summer elective course, or a university exchange program.

In Year Four, your course work will focus intensively on specialized topics relevant to sustainable tourism. Honours program students will also begin to conduct original research, either in the context of a group research project, or working one-on-one with a faculty member on an undergraduate thesis.

Throughout your program, you will constantly be challenged to think and work across disciplinary boundaries, apply theoretical principles to practical contexts, understand the policy dimensions and regulatory context of tourism, and ground your work firmly in the underlying principles of sustainability.

Representative courses in our program include:

Year 1

  • Understanding Tourism Industry Sectors
  • Tourism Management

Year 2

  • Culture, Heritage and Tourism
  • Tourist Behaviour
  • Research Methods and Applications in Tourism
  • Nature-based Tourism
  • Economics of Tourism and Leisure Activities
  • Human-Dominated Ecosystems

Year 3

  • Tourism Planning and Development
  • Research Design
  • International Tourism
  • Strategic Program Planning in Ecotourism
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Tourism Business
  • Global Issues in Tourism and the Environment

Year 4

  • Culinary Tourism
  • Tourism, Animals and Ethics
  • Managerial Decision Making for Sustainable Tourism
  • Themes in Tourism Development
  • Sustainability Destination Management and Issues
  • Tourism Ethics
  • Sustainable Rural Tourism
  • Themes in Tourism Development
  • Strategic Alliances in Tourism

and many more - click here to view a full program description of the Tourism Management program in the Brock Undergraduate Calendar.

For the Tourism Management stream, all students take the following courses offered by the Goodman School of Business:

  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Entrepreneurship Basics
  • Marketing Basics
  • Basics of Organizational Behaviour and Design