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Group801D09/Degree Programme in Tourism (Rovaniemi)
Study unit801D10C Arctic Tourism, 5.00 ECTS credits, 133 h
Operating Environment of Tourism Industry
Time of implementationSpring1/2011-2012
Responsible teacherMettiäinen Ilona
Other teachers
Status of implementationFinished

Description status Ready
Language of instruction English
Starting and ending dates01.01.2012 - 31.05.2012
Minimum number of participants  
Maximum number of participants  
Enrolment period - 
Implementation method
Virtuality 0 ECTS credits
R&D integration 2 ECTS credits
Resit dates of the exam
Koulutuksen aikataulu (www-linkki)
Description language English 

Learning outcome:

Students are familiar with the phenomenon of arctic tourism in different arctic areas of the world and the impacts of arctic tourism and how it is developed in a sustainable way. They are also familiar with different arctic tourism destinations.


Assessment criteria  
Pedagogical arrangements

Arctic Tourism study unit is collaborated with Arctic Centre and Lapland University. 

The study unit consists of 

  • contact lessons including visiting lecturers, video presentations, visits to the Arktikum Science Centre and the Arctic Centre Library (40 h)
  • an exam,  field work and other assignments incl. individual and group work (90 h)

Previous studies recommended

  • Introduction to Tourism
  • World of Tourism and Cultures
  • Destination Lapland

Examples of articles:

  • Grenier, Alain A. 2004. Conventional vs. alternative tourism. One road, two ways. p. 47-85 in: The Nature of Nature Tourism. Acta Universitatis Lapponiensis 74.
  • Swarbrooke, J. 2002. Sustainable Tourism Management. Chapters 2 and 25.
  • Johnston, Margaret E. 1995. Patterns and Issues in Arctic and Sub-Arctic Tourism. In: Hall, C.M. & M.E. Johnston (eds.). Polar Tourism: Tourism in the Arctic and Antarctic Regions. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • WWF. Linking tourism and conservation in the Arctic. URL:

However, the article material is updated for every course based on the recent article publications.

Other material used will be announced in the beginning of the study unit.



  • the arctic concept: the arctic area, geography, arctic indigenous peoples, images of "arctic" in tourism marketing
  • arctic tourist destinations, arctic attractions and the arctic tourism product
  • tourism from the arctic aspect
  • future trends and threats in arctic tourism
  • sustainability issues in the arctic areas; impact of tourism in the arctic area
Principal of Assessment:
  • Attendace, active participation in lectures, visits 20 %
  • Learning exercises and/or exam 80%
Assessment criteria:
Excellent (5)
- Student has an excellent command of theoretical knowledge and is able to apply it fully in practical learning excercises. Student participates lectures actively and shows analytical, reflective and critical approach in all his/her activities. All the assignments are performed according to instructions.
Good (3-4)
- Student has a good command of theoretical knowledge and is able to apply it mostly in practical learning excercises. Student participates lectures quite actively and shows somewhat analytical, reflective and critical approach in most of his/her activities. All the assignments are performed mostly according to instructions.
Satisfactory (1-2)
- Student has a satisfactory command of theoretical knowledge and is able to apply it only partly or not at all in practical learning excercises. Student participates lectures seldom and shows very little or no analytical, reflective and critical approach in  his/her activities. The assignments are not fully performed according to instructions.
Failed (0)
-Student has not participated the compulsary lectures and has failed to perform one or more assignments according to instructions