RECN 626

Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism

Course overview

You’ll consider the impacts of recreation and tourism activities on natural resource areas and issues relating to sustainability and resilience of tourism development.

This course is also offered online as part of the Master of Tourism Management and Master of Planning programmes.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum average grade of C- across the course(s) specified below
  • restriction Natural Resource Recreation and Education, RECN-638
Available semesters Semester 2 2024
Credits 20
Domestic fees $1,394.00

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Situate Aotearoa-New Zealand’s protected areas system within an historical context and understand its significance for conservation, recreation and tourism.
  2. Provide a critical overview of the characteristics of natural resource recreationists, the expectations of nature-based tourists and their impacts in multiple contexts.
  3. Analyse natural resource recreation in terms of ethnicity, culture, history, personal values and experiential dimensions of recreation.
  4. Understand and appraise strategies for addressing conflict arising from management of natural resource recreation and tourism.
  5. Identify and discuss the range of current visitor management issues affecting participation in and management of natural resource recreation and tourism.
  6. Examine the unique challenges of effective communication with visitors within natural resource settings, including knowledge of the theory and strategies associated with modifying visitor behavior.
  7. Critically appraise management practice, theoretical frameworks and research findings within the context of natural resource recreation and tourism.
  8. Understand concepts of sustainability and resilience and assess these in the context of tourism growth and development.

Course examiners

Stephen Espiner

Dr Stephen Espiner

Associate Professor

Faculty of Environment, Society and Design