Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on MANAGEMENT DELLE IMPRESE TURISTICHE
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Second semester
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Course description

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the concept of
sustainable development and the impact that economic activity related
to the tourism sector can have on the environment. Central topics of the
course will be the exploitation and preservation of environmental
resources, with
particular focus on the tourism sector.
The learning objectives of the course can be defined as follows:
demonstrate knowledge and ability to understand the issues related to
the economy and environmental policy, the sustainability of tourism and
possible solutions that can reduce the negative impact of excessive
exploitation of resources deriving from the development of tourism.
course, the student will be able to apply the principles of sustainability to
the different sectors of tourism.
- JUDGMENT AUTONOMY: Making judgments: once the concepts of
sustainable development, environmental policy and effects of tourism
have been learned, the student must be able to identify and describe the
sustainable trends of a growth in the tourism sector in the main locations
of destination.
- COMMUNICATION ABILITY: the student must have the ability to explain
in a simple manner the impact of the tourist activity on the availability
and regeneration of environmental resources in tourist destinations. He
must also be able to respond clearly and comprehensively both to the
questions of the written test and to those of the possible oral exam.
- LEARNING CAPACITY: the student must demonstrate a good learning
ability by succeeding in deepening his / her own knowledge on relevant
bibliographic references and relevant on the sustainability of the tourist


The course requires that the learners have learned the basic contents of
Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Economic Policy of Tourism.


The course content can be broken down into several lesson blocks, the
duration of which depends on the level of preparation of the students and
their familiarity with the basic concepts of economics. On average, the
course is structured as follows:
I block (24 hours):
Introduction to environmental economics and environmental policy tools
for a socially efficient choice between exploitation and preservation of
environmental resources.
II block (24 hours):
The development of tourist activity and effects on the availability and
regeneration of environmental resources in tourist destinations. Possible
solutions that can reduce the negative impact of an excessive
exploitation of resources deriving from the development of tourism.
Economic growth and Environment.
Dynamics of the tourism sector and sustainability indicators

Introduction to the economic approach to environmental analysis.
Economics of natural
resources. Economic growth and the environment. Sustainable tourism, with evidence of barriers
and possible solutions. Analysis of methods to reduce the negative
impact on the environment of the destinations due to the development of
tourist activity

Teaching Methods

The course will be organized in lectures and exercises in the computer labouratory


-Introduzione all’economia dell’ambiente, Musu I., Il Mulino, 2003 (Capp.
-Sviluppo sostenibile e Turismo, Canale R.R. e De Siano R., ESI, 2019

Learning assessment

The objective of the exam is to verify the level of achievement of the
previously indicated training objectives. There verification of learning will
be carried out through a written test e an oral interview on the topics of
the program. • The written test, which aims to evaluate the study of the
subject and the understanding of basic topics, can cover all topics
discussed in the course and is divided into 3 open questions (relating to
(1) exploitation of natural resources and the two-way relationship
between environment and economic activity, (2) internal and
international environmental policy and (3) sustainability tourism) which
require broader and more comprehensive answers (from 8 points) and 4
questions requiring one short description (from 1.5 points). The written
test has a selection character and to pass the test it is necessary acquire
at least 18 points out of 30. Students have 60 'e they are not allowed to
consult texts or use PCs and smartphones. The oral exam is aimed at
assessing the ability to connect and compare the various topics covered
during the course; to overcome the test it is necessary to acquire at least
18 points out of 30. The evaluation of the tests takes into account the
efficiency of the methods used, the completeness and accuracy of the
answers, as well as the clarity in presentation. The final grade is given by
the average of the two scores. For the students there is the possibility of
taking an exam. There the test, consisting of three open questions and 5
definitions, is about on the first part of the course and can be considered
for the final grade if the student obtains an evaluation equal to at least
18 points out of 30 and complete the exam within the sessions of the
current semester. Students who will pass the test will be able to
access the final examination taking the written and oral test exclusively
on the topics object of study of the second part of the course

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