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YMAT0211 Sustainable Rural and Urban Tourism, 5 ECTS cr. 
Code YMAT0211  Validity 01.01.1950 - 31.07.2018
Name Sustainable Rural and Urban Tourism  Abbreviation Sustainable Rur 
Credits5 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeSubject studies Subject0446 Tourism 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Faculty of Social Sciences 


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with sustainable tourism development in urban, rural and peripheral areas and with several tools that are used in sustainable development.
After completion of the course the student is able to
- define characteristics of urban and rural areas and the opportunities and challenges the characteristics create for tourism development
- evaluate the role of tourism in developing viability in different areas
- take the role of locals into account when planning sustainable tourism
- apply tools that are used in sustainable tourism development.


Participatory planning of tourism areas, sosio-cultural and environmental sustainability, tourism as part of local livelihoods, tourism development strategies, concepts of center-periphery, arctic, Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC), environmental and social impact assessment as part of planning.

Previous studies 

YMAT0100 Basic Studies in Tourism Research, especially YMAT0114 Sustainability in Tourism


Lectures (20 h), including guest lectures and a field trip to near-by tourism destination. Independent studying (115 h).


Written assignment (a case report) based on course material and literature

Supplementary Literature 

Hall, C. M., Müller, D. K. & Saarinen, J. (eds.) (2009). Nordic Tourism. Issues and Cases. Channel View Publications. (Luvut 4 ja 5).
Hall, C. M. & Page, S. J. (2002). The Geography of Tourism and Recreation. Environment, Place and Space. Second edition. Routledge. (Luvut 5 ja 6). 
Müller, D. K., Lundmark, L. & Lemelin, R. H. (eds.) (2013). New Issues in Polar Tourism. Communities, Environments, Politics. Springer. 
Müller, D. & Jansson, B. (eds.) (2007). Tourism in Peripheries. Perspectives from the Far North and South. 
Swarbrooke, J. (1999). Sustainable Tourism Managment. CABI.  


1st period

Target Group 

2nd year


Senior Lecturer of Tourism Research

Language of instruction 




Additional information 

Course is available for all MTI students.


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