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Regional Tourism Resources

Code: 101195 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500894 Tourism FB 2 2
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Esteve Dot Jutgla

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
spanish (spa)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


There are not.

Objectives and Contextualisation

This subject aims at analysing the phenomenon of tourism from a fundamentally territorial and geographical perspective. The analysis involves a range of elements that make up the system of tourism, and most especially those relating to tourist resources. The historical evolution of territorial development within tourism will be analysed, as well as the current situation at both national and international levels, differing typologies of tourist destinations, the impact deriving from tourist activities on these destinations, and current challenges in sustainability applied to tourism.


At the end of the course, the student should:

1. Understand the phenomenon of tourism from a spatial and developmental perspective.

2. Be aware of tourist resources and factors of tourism localisation within a given territory.

3. Understand the historical evolution that tourism has undergone, from its origins until the present.

4. Be able to analyse the impact of tourism on its destinations, thus fostering students’ critical and analytical abilities regarding such impact as deriving from tourist activities.

5. Acquire an introductory knowledge of concepts of sustainability and sustainable tourism on land planning for tourism.

6. Know and distinguish the principal typologies of tourist spaces and their distinct characteristics.


  • Behave responsibly towards the environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of tourism in all its dimensions and areas.
  • Develop a capacity for independent learning.
  • Identify and evaluate the elements of a tourism system and how they interact with and impact the environment.
  • Plan, organise and coordinate a work team, creating synergies and showing empathy.
  • Self-assess the knowledge acquired.
  • Use communication techniques at all levels.
  • Work in a team.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Behave responsibly towards the environment.
  2. Develop a capacity for independent learning.
  3. Identify elements of world geography, together with the main regional tourism resources.
  4. Identify the basic principles of tourism from a geographic perspective.
  5. Plan, organise and coordinate a work team, creating synergies and showing empathy.
  6. Self-assess the knowledge acquired.
  7. Use communication techniques at all levels.
  8. Work in a team.


1. Tourism and Land Resources

1.1. Tourism and the tourism system

1.2. The factors of location of tourist activities and tourism resources

1.3. Analysis of tourism demand

2. The evolution and management of Land Resources in Tourism

2.1. The historical development of tourism

2.2. Models of tourism development

2.3. Impacts of tourism

2.4. Tourist destinations and sustainability

2.5. Land Planning in Tourism

3. Geography of destinations and tourist areas

3.1. The typology of tourist destinations

3.2. Coastal tourism

3.3. Urban tourism

3.4. Rural tourism

3.5. Tourism in natural spaces and mountainous areas


The course has three operating tools:

a) Methodology for the Theoretical Section

In class lectures during eleven weeks. The classes will have visual support (Power Point presentations).

b) Methodology for Practical Section

Practices related to the theoretical part of the course. The seminars involve the delivery of a document on paper or digital form for evaluation. Occasionally we will use specialized software.

c) The Virtual Campus

Campus Virtual platform will be used to complement information and alternative means of communication between students and teacher. In the Virtual Campus it will be complementary material in digital format, covering theory, course syllabus, as well as the information on the assignments.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Classroom activities 7 0.28 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 5, 6, 8
Theoretical class 37 1.48 1, 3, 4, 7, 8
Type: Supervised      
Tutorials 2 0.08 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Type: Autonomous      
Assignments 45 1.8 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 5, 6, 8
Study and readings 56 2.24 2, 3, 4, 6



The evaluation of this course consists of the following system:

a) Two exams, covering course material, 60% of the final grade.

b) Practical exercises submitted within the deadline, 40% of the final grade.

In order to have a final mark, students must obtain (in all the activities included in "a" and "b") at least 4 out of 10 points.

Participation in classroom activities will be positively valued, adding half a point to the final mark.

B) SINGLE ASSESSMENT: Final exam (all content).

Date and time established by the academic calendar in the Official Programming Centre (EUTDH).

In any case the evaluation will be in English only.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Fisrt partial exam 30% 1.5 0.06 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 5, 6
Practical exercises 40% 0 0 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 5, 6, 8
Second partial exam 30% 1.5 0.06 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 5, 6


- ANTON, S. & GONZÁLEZ, F. (coords.) (2005). Planificación territorial del turismo. Barcelona: Ed. UOC (Subject 2).

- ANTON, S. & GONZÁLEZ, F. (coords.) (2007). A propósito del turismo: la construcción social del espacio turístico. Barcelona: Ed. UOC (Subject 2).

- BARRADO, A. & CALABUIG, J. (2001). Geografía mundial del turismo. Madrid: Ed. Síntesis (Subject 3).

- BLASCO, A. (2006). Tipologías turísticas. Girona: Xarxa d’Escoles de Turisme (Subject 3).

- COOPER, C. et al. (2007). El turismo. Teoría y práctica. Madrid: Síntesis (Subject 2 &.3).

- GENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA (2009). Atles del turisme a Catalunya. Barcelona: Direcció General de Turisme (consultable a: www.atlesturismecatalunya.cat) (Subjects 1, 2 & 3).

- FULLANA, P. & AYUSO, S. (2001). Turisme sostenible. Barcelona: Rubes (Subject 2).

- PRIESTLEY, G.K. & LLURDÉS, J.C. (dirs.) (2007). Estrategia y gestión del turismo en el municipio. Bellaterra: Servei de Publicacions de la UAB (Subject 2).

- VERA, J.F. et al. (2011). Análisis territorial del turismo y planificación de destinos turísticos. València: Ed. Tirant Lo Blanch (Subjects 2 & 3).

- WILLIAMS, S. (2009). Tourism geography: a new synthesis. London & New York: Routledge (Subjects 1, 2 & 3).

- WILLIAMS S. & LEW A.A. (2015). Tourism Geography: Critical Understandings of Place, Space and Experience. London & New York: Routledge (Subjects 1, 2 & 3).

- http://unwto.org/es (World Tourism Organisation. Various studies and statistics on international tourism) (Subjects 1, 2 & 3).