ORTM 3000 Tourism Theory and Practice

Tourism is a dynamic system of global interconnection that impacts human and natural environments. The student will examine the behavioral, social, economic, political, and environmental issues implicated in and affected by tourism and related industries. The student will critique the practice of tourism today. (3 lect.)


3 credits

Transfer Status

Equivalent to UW.

Major Topics

  • Philosophy and origins of leisure travel and tourism
  • Cultural tourism and heritage
  • Medical, wellness, and sex tourism
  • Ecotourism, climate change, and natural disasters
  • Tourism funding models and marketing
  • Economic impacts of tourism
  • Tourism laws, policies and protections
  • Technology, virtual tourism, and future trends


In order to successfully complete this course, the student will:

Analyze the cultural dimensions of outdoor recreation and tourism.

Identify key economic principles and their impacts on the outdoor recreation and tourism industries.

Examine the philosophical foundations of recreation and leisure services.

Apply philosophical foundations of recreation and tourism in a variety of contexts.

Articulate the roles and challenges of professionals within the outdoor recreation and tourism industries.

Explain the value of quality customer service to the tourism industry.

Discuss tourism and outdoor recreation theories from an interdisciplinary perspective.