Ecotourism and Rural Development Field Course - DICE8850

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The module will is based on a 5 day field trip and is designed to complement other modules by offering the students an opportunity to learn first-hand from local businesses and government agencies about practical aspects of rural development and biodiversity conservation. Using questionnaires and structured interviews the students will work in teams and will equip students with the analytical skills and methodologies required to effectively manage conservation projects in a manner sympatheic to livelihoods and rural development objectives The module will include daily field trips to local sites to understand environmental impacts of visitors to natural areas and heritage sites and to discuss emerging business thinking regarding conservation and livelihoods, exploring relationships between different stakeholders from cultural, policy and socio-economic perspectives and gain practical insight into different management tools to resolve conflicts. The module will therefore provide practical learning to complement theoretical issues taught in other modules. Students will become familiar with practical tools for successful management of conservation embedded in local communities, and will analyse the strengths and weaknesses of conservation in a rural development context. The emphasis throughout will be on learning from the experience of people and organisations directly engaged in conservation and economic development.


Contact hours



*Students taking both residential field trip modules DICE8360 and DICE8850 will be required to pay a £200 supplement*

Method of assessment

Individual Assignment: Briefing Paper (1,500 words) 50%
Group Assignment: Consultancy Report (4,000 words) 50%
Reassessment: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between conservation, society and the economy
2. demonstrate an ability to discuss the role that nature-based tourism and other enterprises can play in delivering conservation and supporting livelihoods
3. knowledge of the environmental impacts of nature-based tourism and other enterprises on protected areas
4. demonstrate knowledge of the economic impacts of conservation on national and local economies
5. demonstrate an understanding of current debates on strengths and weaknesses of eco-tourism and other conservation related enterprises
6. demonstrate an ability to work in teams to conduct social surveys and interviews and assimilate information from a wide variety of sources and to write a report of relevance to local businesses.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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