General Information 

Professor Information

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Prof. John D. Buschman, Ph.D.


HM 372



(305) 919-4033                           Cell (517) 974-6369

Office Hours

10-11 am Tuesday, after class and by appointment


Turn Around Time

Within 24 hours

Additional Notes

Course Description and Purpose

This course examines tourism as a global industry.  Through the analysis of tourism impacts, both positive and negative, students will understand the interrelatedness of the tourism industry. Examining international tourist behavior and culture, students will gain global awareness and knowledge. Students will gain a global perspective by investigating the history and globalization of international tourism, as well as learning about local and global tourism organizations. Students will be challenged to become globally engaged by promoting tourism that is responsive to the needs of host communities.

This is a global learning (GL) course that counts towards your global learning graduation requirement.

Course Objectives

This course stresses the interconnectedness and diversity of the global tourism industry. At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the interrelated nature and complexity of tourism through a systems approach.
  • Discuss the role of international tourism in promoting world peace. 
  • Discuss the impact of tourism on the global economy by introducing the concept and uses of Tourism Satellite Accounts.
  • Introduce  tourism related organizations worldwide
  • Analyze global tourism issues and demonstrate an awareness of how these are perceived and handled in different cultural and historical traditions.
  • Provide international case studies that reflect the need of adequate tourism policies and regulations and impact minimization.
  • Understand the need for tourism planning and sustainable practices in global destinations by examining social impacts through the lenses of various stakeholders.
  • Examine tourism motivations.
  • Analyze the social impacts of tourism through various lenses such as sociology, psychology, anthropology.
  • Discuss the role of culture in international tourism. Be knowledgeable of intercultural theories and cultural practices and how tourism impacts culture.

Important Information


Please review the FIU's Policies webpage. The policies webpage contains essential information regarding guidelines relevant to all courses at FIU, as well as additional information about acceptable netiquette for online courses. For additional information, please visit FIU's Policy and Procedure Library.

As a member of the FIU community you are expected to be knowledgeable about the behavioral expectations set forth in the FIU Student Conduct and Honor Code.

Technical Requirements and Skills

One of the greatest barriers to taking an online course is a lack of basic computer literacy. By computer literacy, we mean being able to manage and organize computer files efficiently and learning to use your computer's operating system and software quickly and easily. Keep in mind that this is not a computer literacy course, but students enrolled in online courses are expected to have moderate proficiency using a computer. Please go to the What's Required webpage to find out more information on this subject.

Privacy Policy Statements for Partners and Vendors

Please visit our Technical Requirements webpage for additional information.

Accessibility and Accommodation

The Disability Resource Center collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create diverse learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable. The DRC provides FIU students with disabilities the necessary support to successfully complete their education and participate in activities available to all students. If you have a diagnosed disability and plan to utilize academic accommodations, please contact the Center at 305-348-3532 or visit them at the Graham Center GC 190.

For additional assistance please contact FIU's Disability Resource Center.

Web Accessibility Statements for Partners and Vendors 

Please visit our ADA Compliance webpage for additional information about accessibility involving the tools used in this course.

Academic Misconduct Statement

Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas, and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. All students are deemed by the University to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Conduct and Honor Code. Academic Misconduct includes:


  • The unauthorized use of any materials, information, study aids or assistance from another person on any academic assignment or exercise, unless explicitly authorized by the course Instructor; 
  • Assisting another student in the unauthorized use of any materials, information, study aids, unless explicitly authorized by the Instructor; and 
  • Having a substitute complete any academic assignment or completing an academic assignment for someone else, either paid or unpaid; and


  • The deliberate use and appropriation of another are work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the Student's own.
  • Assisting another student in the deliberate use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. 

Learn more about the academic integrity policies and procedures as well as student resources that can help you prepare for a successful semester.

Panthers Care & Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

If you are looking for help for yourself or a fellow classmate, Panthers Care encourages you to express any concerns you may come across as it relates to any personal behavior concerns or worries you have, for the classmate’s well-being or yours; you are encouraged to share your concerns with FIU’s Panthers Care website.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free and confidential help for anxiety, depression, stress, and other concerns that life brings. Professional counselors are available for same-day appointments. Don’t wait to call (305) 348-2277 to set up a time to talk or visit the online self-help portal.

Inclusivity Statement

This course will serve to embrace the diversity and inclusivity found within Florida International University. We appreciate and respect diversity, equality, equity, cooperativeness, community, and sustainability within our online courses. We are committed to the ongoing education of our students and their participation within the course regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, geographical location, religion, and disability. We strive in encouraging collaboration by preparing our students to value the differences in others. At the core of our intentions is the encouragement of acceptance and appreciation of differences within our student population and community.

Copyright Statement

The following conduct is prohibited by the Student Conduct and Honor Code. Lack of familiarity with University policy is not a defense to a violation of this Code. Unless specifically noted, the intent is not a required element to establish a policy violation. The following conduct violation or any attempt to violate the Code will be used in charging all Students or Student Organizations;

Section 5 | Conduct Violations - g. Computer Misuse

  • vii. Unauthorized distribution or downloading of copyrighted materials, including but not limited to, unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing. This is a violation whether the user is using their own personal computer or the University’s information technology system for unauthorized distributions.

Copyright Statement: The materials and content in this online course are provided solely for student use during the course. Course materials may not be shared outside of the course or with any third party without the explicit permission of the instructor or content publisher. Visit FIU Library’s Copyright Lib Guide to learn more about copyright law and restrictions.

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Course Prerequisites

 There are no prerequisites for this course.

Textbook and Course Materials

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Weekly magazine, Daily newsletters

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Free Subscription available

Expectations of This Course

This semester HFT 3713 is being delivered in the face-to-face, in-person modality (as opposed to online or hybrid).  Students and instructor will interact in a physical classroom, or on location in the South Florida community, every Tuesday for approximately three hours.  Attendance and participation will count toward your final grade so you should plan your work schedule now to keep every Tuesday open. Some of the instructional materials are delivered through Canvas, and/or other internet-based media.

Students are expected to:

  • review the getting started page located in the course modules;
  • introduce yourself to the class during the first week by posting a self-introduction in the appropriate discussion;
  • take the practice quiz to ensure that your computer is compatible with the learning management system, Canvas;
  • interact online with instructor and peers;
  • review and follow the course calendar and weekly outlines;
  • log in to the course at least 3 times per week
  • respond to discussions by the due date specified. No late work will be accepted; 
  • respond to emails within 1 day 
  • submit assignments by the corresponding deadline

The instructor will:

  • log in to the course daily
  • respond to emails within 1 day 
  • grade assignments within 7 days of the assignment deadline.

Course Detail

Course Communication

Communication in this course will take place via the Canvas Inbox. Check out the Canvas Conversations Tutorial or Canvas Guide to learn how to communicate with your instructor and peers using Announcements, Discussions, and the Inbox. I will respond to all correspondences within 24 hours.

Discussion Forums

Keep in mind that your discussion forum postings will likely be seen by other members of the course. Care should be taken when determining what to post.


Quizzes & Exams

For quiz duration, grading criteria and feedback response time, please review the important information about quizzes page.  Late quizzes are not accepted. 

There will be two exams that may include true/false, multiple choice, matching and essay questions. Exams will partially assess global perspective and global engagement. Late exams are not accepted. 

If the student has a valid reason to miss a quiz or exam at the scheduled time, it is the student’s responsibility to make alternate arrangements with the professor prior to the exam.  

If the student is having technical difficulties with Canvas, the student MUST contact FIU Online Help to either fix the problem on the spot or initiate a case that provides that information to the professor.

Assessments in this course are not compatible with mobile devices and should not be taken through a mobile phone or a tablet. If you need technical assistance please contact FIU Online Support Services Links to an external site..

 In order to mitigate any issues with your computer and online assessments, it is very important that you take the "Practice Quiz" from each computer you will be using to take your graded quizzes and exams. It is your responsibility to make sure your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements.

All assessments will auto-submit when (1) the timer runs out OR (2) the closing date/time is reached, whichever happens first. For example, if a quiz has a closing time of 5:00 pm but the student begins the exam at 4:55 pm, the student will only have 5 minutes to complete the quiz.

Assessments in this course are not compatible with mobile devices and should not be taken through a mobile phone or a tablet. If you need further assistance please contact FIU Canvas Help Team.


  • There will be quizzes, discussions and a class project. Please see the course calendar for due dates.


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Late Policy:

Late assignments (but not quizzes or exams) will be accepted but will also suffer point deductions according to the length of delay as follows:

  • <24 hours = -10%
  • 2-7 days = -20%
  • 7-14 days = -30%
  • 14-21 days = -40%
  • >21 days = -50%

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< 90%
< 87%
< 83%
< 80%
< 77%
< 70%
< 60%

Course Schedule

1Jan. 9-15Introduction ModuleDiscussion Forum 1 - Tourism Experience, Work Experience
Tourism Introduction
Tourism Organizations

2Jan. 16-29History of International (Global) Tourism History of Global Tourism
3Jan. 30 - Feb. 5Sociology of Tourism Sociology
Intercultural Theories
Tourism Impacts on Culture
 Test 1
4Feb. 6 - 19Tourist BehaviorJafari's Platform
Motorcycle Diaries Movie
Discussion Forum2

5Feb. 20 - Mar. 5Tourism & Culture
Spring Break
Peace Through Tourism
Discussion Forum 3

6Mar. 6 - 19Tourism Planning & DevelopmentAlternate forms of tourism
Family Heritage Project
Quiz 2
7Mar. 20 -Apr. 2Work on Projects in classAnthony Bourdain Project
8Apr. 3 -16
Group Presentations

9Apr. 17 - 23
Test 2








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