International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Free online course on Sustainable Tourism for SIDS

Course date: 25 April to 13 June 2019
Organized by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with Sustainable Travel International and the Hamburg Open Online University, this course lets you explore and assess the opportunities that sustainable tourism strategies offer for SIDS. This course will help you to think carefully and critically about current tourism policies. It illustrates through practical examples how policy-making can improve tourism in the main SIDS regions.

The course is available at:

This interdisciplinary course is a stand-alone course for policy-makers and master students from related disciplines (e.g. policy or development economics). It can be taken parallel to work or study over a period of five weeks (fall 2018). Prior to the active phase, learners can already register, make themselves familiar with the learning environment and browse through some content.

This 7-week long moderated course comprises:

●       Introduction to Sustainable Tourism
●       Tourism Impacts and Challenges
●       Sustainable Destination Management
●       Sustainable Tourism Standards
●       Stakeholders, Key Actors and Partnership Establishment
●       Funding Opportunities and Project Development Exercise
●       Impact Monitoring and Peer Review

Work load: Equivalent to an estimated 3-4 hours per course week, depending on how deep you indulge in the material, discussion and interaction with other learners. By passing the final assignment, a certificate of completion will be awarded.

Requirements: To get the most out of this course, it is helpful if you have a B.A./BSc. level degree in a related field of study, e.g. political sciences, development policy or similar. As the course is held in English, you will need fluent English skills.

If interested, please enroll before course start at