Teaching gives me energy and I take particular delight in the opportunity to develop engaging contents for my students. I am (and have been) involved in teaching various courses at both bachelor (graduate) and master (postgraduate) levels. Below is an overview of the courses I am involved in at Wageningen University & Research – as well those I was involved in in my previous institutions.
Courses at Wageningen University & Research
GEO 12306 Society, History and Globalisation (Bachelor course, together with Eugenio van Maanen and Harald Buijtendijk)
This course combines knowledge of the social, economic and environmental sciences in explaining temporal differences in the organization of international tourism and the relationships between international tourism and its social, cultural, political, economic, technological and ecological environments. The lectures will provide the students with an introduction to the main global historical transitions since ancient times, with an emphasis on the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as far as they are relevant for tourism. Each lecture will focus on a specific period of tourism development in its historical context and will link these tourism developments with economic, demographic, political, social, cultural and spatial transitions. During workshops students will discuss and critique relevant literature and will be invited to assess and explain how specific transformations in international tourism relate to historical transitions and to evaluate recent tourism developments against the background of historical processes of change.
GEO 24306 Tourism Destination Management (Bachelor course, together with Erdinc Cakmak and Harald Buijtendijk)
The destination is a key element of the tourism system and a central focal point in tourism research. As such, destinations can be understood as geographically localised clusters of tourist attractions, services and goods managed and marketed for tourist consumption. However, tourism destinations do not exist in a vacuum, but are a part of a wider socio-cultural, political and economic context. In this sense, they are in many ways inseparable from everyday lives of local residents and workers. This complexity poses challenges for understanding, managing, and governing tourism destinations. To deal with it, the course adapts an interdisciplinary approach, building on perspectives from tourism management, sociology, political economy, governance/development studies and cultural geography. The course is organised around three distinct theoretical perspectives on destinations: 1) Destinations as a combination of tourism products, services and experiences 2) Destinations as networks and 2) Destinations as imagined and lived places.
GEO 80818 BSc Thesis Tourism (Bachelor course, together with Arjaan Pellis)
The BSc Tourism thesis is an individual project in which various academic research skills are applied to a specific field, resulting in a paper (‘thesis report’ ) and presentation, after which the BSc Tourism study program is completed. In the BSc Tourism thesis, students must demonstrate that they master the bachelor competencies to a satisfactory level and that they can independently apply obtained knowledge and skills to a chosen assignment. Successful completion of the bachelor thesis indicates that students are ready to enter a master’s program.
GEO 53806 Development of Sustainble Tourism (Bachelor and Master elective course, together with Arjaan Pellis, Machiel Lamers and Stasja Koot)
This course aims at extending and integrating students knowledge of tourism conservation and development. Students are guided on a journey to analyse tourism development in the Netherlands, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America to provide an internationally comparative perspective. Students will analyse a selected number of case studies, participate in a serious game and are invited to critically reflect on these case studies making use of a number of theoretical perspectives.
The following are courses for which I am involved in as a regular guest lecturer
GEO 23806 Philosophy of Science & Ethics in Tourism (Bachelor course, led by Chih-Chen Trista Lin)
This course offers an introduction to the philosophy of social science. It prepares students to be able to distinguish between, and identify the relevance of, many different ways in which knowledge about the social world more generally – and tourism in particular – gets produced. Specifically, it introduces students to a key series of dichotomies and dilemmas with which social scientists continue to grapple: natural world/social world, explanation/interpretation, facts/values and structure/agency.
GEO 31806 Tourism and Sustainable Development (Master course, led by Edward Huiujbens )
Since Rio ’92 leisure and tourism are trying to meet the parameters of sustainable development. The concept is fraught with ambiguity and challenges in applicability. Sustainable development of leisure and tourism therefore requires innovation on a conceptual, process and product level. This course analyses and critically reflects on the role of governmental, business and ‘third sector’ organisations in this innovation process towards sustainable development. The course focuses on discourses, practices and instruments of actors at various levels of scale (international, national as well as regional and local) and examines the relation between tourism, conservation and development from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
GEO 30806 Research Methodologies for Tourism, Society & Environment (Master course, led by Chih-Chen Trista Lin and Maarten Jacobs)
Building on students previous practical experience with methods, this course focusses on questions of the rationale for research, or ‘why’ questions: why do we use certain methods and procedures in certain situations? Why do we design research to focus on one aspect of a context and not another? Why does previous research knowledge matter for designing and implementing new research? Most importantly, how do we constructively assess previous research, in order to investigate old research problems with new questions?
The main focus of this course, therefore, is on the logical application of the methods students have learned previously, to design new research that demonstrates the ability to reflect on the overall theoretical and methodological context of a research project and choose an appropriate approach based on how these are connected to each other. For both the Qualitative and Quantitative sections of the course, students will write a brief research proposal, similar in structure to the Masters Thesis proposal, that will demonstrate how they are choosing theoretical literature and methodological resources to meet research goals.
GEO 31306 Tourism and Globalisation (Master course, led by Martin Duineveld and Karin Peters )
Since Rio ’92 leisure and tourism are trying to meet the parameters of sustainable development. The concept is fraught with ambiguity and challenges in applicability. Sustainable development of leisure and tourism therefore requires innovation on a conceptual, process and product level. This course analyses This course examines tourism and global change on a theoretical, empirical and normative level. The course is meant for MTO students and students from other programmes interested in the multiple and dynamic relations between globalization and tourism.
This course contributes especially learning outcomes 1,2, 3, 7, 8 and 10 of MTO. It also contributes to the learning outcomes of the trajectory Tourism and Global Change:
– analyse the movement of people, materials, capital and information as well as the broader implications of these movements;
– evaluate how tourism is both impacting and impacted by processes of social, cultural, economic, technological and environmental change.
GEO 32306 Tourist Experiences (Master course, led by Karolina Doughty)
This course examines the conceptualisation and management of the tourism experience in the context of the broader developments of contemporary tourism. The course is meant for MTO students and others interested in exploring the construction and production of tourism experiences from a range of social science perspectives. The search for worthwhile experiences is a main driving force for tourism. Therefore, to understand tourism, an understanding of tourism experiences is crucial. For example, tourism attractions and popular tourism regions are often shaped by experiential themes, for instance cultural heritage, thrills and adventure, sand-sun-sea, particular leisure activities, romanticism, natural heritage, meeting people, et cetera. As a consequence, it is not surprising that a large amount of attention has been paid in the tourism literature to particular perspectives on the tourist experience, including typologies of tourists, issues related to authenticity, commodification, image and perception, to name just a few. As tourism has continued to expand both in scope and scale, and as tourists’ needs and expectations have become more diverse and complex in response to transformations in the world of tourism (and the world at large), so too have tourist experiences. This course will provide students with a broad overview of social science conceptualisations of the tourist experience, from the seminal tourism scholars to more recent attempts to analyse its ever-increasing diversity and complexity, as well as more applied approaches to manage the tourist experience.
Students will be able to apply concepts, knowledge and approaches by working in small groups to design a tour. In the individual essay assignment students will develop a conceptual framework for research into the construction, understanding and assessment of tourism experiences.
Below are courses I taught in my previous roles Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, Associate Lecturer, Teaching Assistant and National Service Personnel (Research and Teaching Assistant) respectively;
Courses at Sheffield Hallam University, UK: 2017 – 2019
- Tourism Management: Principles and Practice (Bachelor)
- Managing Visitor Attractions (Bachelor)
- Visitor Attractions Management (Master)
- Tourism Planning and Development (Master)
Courses at University of Lincoln, UK: 2016 – 2017
- Investigating the Experience Economy (Bachelor)
- Principles of Tourism Management (Bachelor)
- Tour Operations Management (Bachelor)
- Cultural Heritage and Attractions Management (Bachelor)
- Digital Economy and Digital Cultures (Bachelor)
- Destination Management (Bachelor)
- Social and Political Perspectives on Tourism (Bachelor)
Courses at Sheffield Hallam University, UK: 2015 – 2016
- Human Resource Management (Undergraduates) – Module Coordinator
- Tourism and Development (Undergraduates)
Courses at University of Sheffield, UK: 2014 – 2015
- Research Methods (Master)
- Urban Design Process (Bachelor)
Courses at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana: 2008-2009
- Organisational Behaviour (Bachelor)
- Human Resource Management (Bachelor)
- Social Structure of Modern Ghana (Bachelor)