Tourism, territory and local development

Tourism, territory and local development

Even if the two-year Master Course is mainly taught in Italian, we offer an entire semester taught in English aimed at offering the foreign students the possibility to investigate different aspects related to the global/local aspects of the Italian tourism of today, in a comparative way and from the point of view of different social sciences (law, geography, management, sociology).

  • Course description

    The semester offers the students the possibility to participate as well in laboratories and workshops, where they can acquire practical skills in sectors of Italian language and data management. The courses last from September to January and are worth 39 ECTS in total. Anyway, every student can choose some of them, and even enlarge his/her choice to the courses provided in Italian.

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    University: University of Milano Bicocca
    Duration: September
    Country & city: Italy Milan
    Degree: Master (Laurea Magistrale)

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  • The Study Programme

    First module: Elements of international law (6 ECTS)
    The course aims at providing students with the basis of general international and EU laws, in particular with regard to the overlapping legal spaces regulating contemporary society. A specific attention will be devoted to certain themes especially important for those who study science of tourism, such as the legal protection of transnational investments and the law regulating digital transactions.

    Second module: Geography of extra-European spaces (8 ECTS)
    The objective of the course is to provide adequate comparative knowledge to understand the socio-territorial dynamics of extra-European spaces, so that the student can grasp the complexity of the major international issues involved. The course focuses on globalization, models of development, migration dynamics and global environmental issues. Such topics are dealt with in an interdisciplinary perspective and through the use of case studies.

    Third module: Management of tourist organizations (8 ECTS)
    The course will deal with the tourism market and its recent developments, the tourism industry and the different types of tourism enterprises, with the aim of acquiring knowledge about the industry dynamics. It provides an overview of the different types of tourism enterprises, from hotels to the intermediation, with particular reference to the structural changes induced by innovation processes, and institutional and environmental pressures.

    Fourth module: Tourism and local development (6 ECTS)
    In the recent years tourism industry has registered positive growth comparing to other economic sectors and therefore it has become an economic and social developing strategies. This perspective needs to take into account a holistic approach, which insists on the development dynamics and its positive and negative consequences on the social, economic and environmental dimensions. A region, city or any local context is formed by a material and immaterial culture, natural resources etc and policies fostering tourism have the difficult task of synthesized this complexity.

    Fifth module: English for tourism (8 ECTS)
    At the end of the course the students will be able:
    To understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in the field of tourism;
    To interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party;
    To produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

    Sixth module: Italian language course (3 ECTS)
    An Italian course for incoming Erasmus students.
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  • University of Milano Bicocca

    University of Milano Bicocca Milano-Bicocca is a young university that will connect you with students from all over the world. You will not just be a student here; you will be a member of the global community. Since its foundation our University has reached beyond its borders entering into various agreements. Our teachers are members of international research groups that share numerous projects: ITMN is not the last of them!
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