From extraction to attraction: Coastal communities in an era of leisure and tourism

CCRD08 Elective 4 ECTS
Period 2 weeks -
Instructor Dr. Pat Maher


This course examines the changing economic base of coastal communities with the rise of tourism and second homes and the impact of such changes on the social structure, culture and individual interactions of coastal communities. This course provides an overview of tourism in coastal/marine areas and includes topics such as: shared resource use and management; sovereignty tensions that involve tourism; adventure and expeditionary tourism; the logistical challenges of operating in remote marine environments; and the impacts tourism may have on the sustainability of the communities and environments in the region.



By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Appraise the logistical complexity necessary to undertake tourism in coastal communities.
  • Analyse factors that lead to a change from  an extraction-based labour market to a labour market that is based on services, like tourism.
  • Identify factors that attract people to remote regions as tourists or second home owners and critically examine the impact of this development on the local society.
  • Evaluate the role tourism plays in the livelihood of coastal communities.
  • Present and explain findings from the scientific literature and discuss them with peers.
  • Develop their critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, through course assignments to distinguish between the different physical, social and political contexts present in coastal/marine tourism



Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor, Community Studies at Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, Canada.