Tourism Policy and Planning in Coastal Areas 4 ECTS

CMM12 Elective course 4 ECTS
Period W8-W9 4.02.13 - 15.02.13
Instructor Marc L. Miller


The purpose of this course is to examine the ways in which tourism and reacreation in the coastal zone links people to one another and to the environment. Case studies utilizing concepts and methodologies from such fields as cultural antrhopology, sociology, political science, planning, biology, ecology and administration, among others, will be examined in class. The course is designed to be of intellectual and practical value to students who have academic interests spanning marine affairs, environmental studies, oceans and fishery sciences, the social sciences and the arts and humanities.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:
  • have developed an analytical and methodological vocabulary to formally (i.e. academically and professionally) discuss the complexities and significance of contemporary tourism and recreation in the coastal zone
  • have developed the ability to design a research project concerning coastal tourism in a region of their choice
  • have become familiar with the ways in which coastal tourism policy and planning is linked to other matters of marine affairs (e.g. fishery management, coastal zone management, marine protected area management)




[mynd 1 h]Marc L. Miller is Professor in the School of Marine Studies and Adjunct Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington, USA). He has published widely on the topics of coastal tourism and recreation management, marine protected area management, fisheries management, integrated coastal zone management, and marine environmental ethics and aesthetics. In recent years, his work has taken him to the coasts of the United States, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Spain, South Africa, the Philippines, the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Palau (Micronesia) and the Galapagos Islands.

Marc has co-edited three proceedings (1991, 1998, 2002) of the first three CMTs. In addition, he was an Associate Editor of Coastal Management from 1983 until 1993, and has served as an Associate Editor of the Sage Qualitative Research Methods Series since the series began in 1986. He also serves as the Research Commentary and Notes Editor of Tourism in Marine Environments and a Coordinating Editor for Annals of Tourism Research.

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