85843 - Sport Tourism and Geography

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Sustainable cities Responsible consumption and production Life on land

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student should: - be able to use methodologies and tools used in sport tourism; - be able to identify development strategies for sport leisure and recreation territorial assets; - be able to plan and manage local sustainable development projects in sport, tourism and recreation sectors.

Course contents

At the end of the course the student should be able to analyse the local systems of tourism supply with reference to sport and wellness activities.

Contents of the lectures will be:

I. Sport and Tourism: defining and measuring the phenomenon (international, national and local scale)

  1. Tourism and sport: overlapping definitions
  2. The geographical approach to tourism and sport
  3. Tourism demand: trends and forecasts in tourism
  4. Tourism supply:analyzing local systems
  5. Social, cultural, economic and political factors affecting the relationship between tourism and sport

II. Sport, Tourism and space between planning and management

  1. Tourism management in urban areas (urban regeneration, spatial segregation, hosts guests relationships, mega events, etc.)
  2. Tourism management in rural areas (socio cultural carrying capacity, measuring sport events economic impact, environment impact assessment, etc.)
  3. How to plan and develop sustainable tourism products

III. Sustainable Tourism

  1. Notion of sustainable tourism
  2. Controversies of tourism sustainability
  3. Sport tourism in a sustainability approach
  4. Project design for sustainable tourism development
  5. Creative tourism for local development



Tom Hinch & James Higham, Sport Tourism Development Third Edition, Channel View, 2018.

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures will be integrated with practical exercises and if possible field visits.

Assessment methods

The exam is a written test covering the topics of the theoretical lectures and seminars.

To pass the written exam, the student should demonstrate to have reached the learning outcomes and to be able to use the concepts learnd during the course, applying them to the analysis of the relationships between tourism, sport and local territorial systems. Out of topic answers will not be evaluated. To pass the exam the student has to answer to all the questions. During the exam, the students are allowed to have on them only stationary and an identity card or document. Paper will be distributed by the teacher. The questions will be simultaneously given at the beginning of the exam (if necessary through a PPT). In the first five minutes students not feeling able to give proper answers to the questions are allowed to leave the exam. Each answer will be evaluated in 30 points, the final mark consist in the average of the evaluations (0,5 point will be round up to the next point). Registration for the exam is compulsory, and students have to register through AlmaEsami [https://almaesami.unibo.it/almaesami/welcome.htm].

If in the current year students are involved in fieldwork activities, the final evaluation will be organized on the basis of a project work. Students will be informed about that at the beginning of the course.

Teaching tools

Teaching hours will be integrated with practical exercises:

a list of book titles and/or topics will be distributed at the beginning of the course in order to foster the scientific debate among the students

Office hours

See the website of Alessia Mariotti