Sustainable Tourism Development in Northern Environment

The course will address tourism in the circumpolar north from a societal perspective. It will present different views on the phenomenon and its dimensions, resources and implications for nature, places and cultures involved. The place of northern tourism in times of globalization and emergent global issues like climate changes will be explored, together with the relevant governance aspects.

This course is an offering from the UArctic Thematic Network on Northern Tourism.

Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree in tourism, social science, humanities or science, or a Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.

The course objectives: To familiarize students with theory and knowledge related to sustainable tourism development in Northern environments.


  • The phenomena of northern tourism.
  • The place of sustainable northern tourism within globalization and climate change.
  • The socio-cultural dimensions of northern tourism.


  • Critical evaluation of why the phenomena of northern tourism should be studied.
  • Identification of the implications of northern tourism for indigenous cultures.
  • Evaluation of the implications of northern tourism as related to local communities and resources.
  • Critical examination of governance aspects of northern tourism.

General competence

  • Critical skills in synthesizing the material read.
  • Participation in master's level discussion of the course materials.
  • Developing research and writing skills to a Master's level.

Learning is interactive and collaborative and takes place on-line through diverse methods including, but not limited to, lectures, learner presentations, group discussions and teamwork. Instructors and students share discoveries and materials during the course, and use a variety of communication tools such as e-mail, threaded discussions, document sharing, padlets and live chat sessions. 

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity of Oulu
Begin date10.01.2022
End date10.03.2022
Registration deadline08.12.2021
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studySocial and behavioural science (broad programmes)Travel, tourism and leisure
Teaching placeOnline
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