General Information

Professor Information


Carolin Lusby


HTM 333 (BBC)


Canvas Inbox


(305) 919-4537

Office Hours

By Appointment


(305) 919-4500

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 inter-relatedness 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 interconnections 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will understand principles of globalization in tourism.
  • Students will identify the interrelated nature of international tourism by examining social, environmental impacts and well being of global destinations. (GL)
  • Students will be able to analyze relevant socioeconomic data to determine positive and negative tourism impacts for a given destination
  • Students will be able to discuss the impact of tourism on the global economy through various lenses such as Tourism Satellite Accounts, local people, multinational stakeholders. (GL)
  • Students will be able to describe international tourism throughout the ages.
  • Students will be able to examine tourism motivations.
  • Students will be able to analyze the social impacts of tourism through various lenses such as sociology, psychology, anthropology. (GL)
  • Students will be able to understand the role of culture in international tourism, demonstrating a knowledge of intercultural theories, cultural practices and how tourism impacts culture. (GL)
  • Students will show a willingness to promote tourism that is sustainable and responsive to local needs and cultural practices. (GL)
  • Students will be able to articulate under what conditions international tourism can increase intercultural understanding and promote peace. (GL)

Global Learning Course Outcomes

Global Engagement: Students will show a willingness to promote tourism that is sustainable and responsive to local needs and cultural practices.

Global Perspective: Students will be able to discuss the impact of tourism on the global economy through various lenses such as Tourism Satellite Accounts, local people, and multinational stakeholders.

Global Awareness: Students will identify the interrelated nature of international tourism by describing the social, environmental and economic impacts of international tourism on cultures and the well being of global destinations.

Important Information


Please review the FIU's Policies and Netiquette 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.

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

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 to 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 Handbook.

Academic Misconduct includes: Cheating – The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources; or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations; or the unauthorized possession of examination papers or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Plagiarism – The use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is responsible for plagiarism.

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.

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Expectations of This Course

This is an online course, which means most (if not all) of the course work will be conducted online. Expectations for performance in an online course are the same for a traditional course. In fact, online courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills which can make these courses more demanding for some students.

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.


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

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.


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. If a valid reason keeps a student from completing an exam at the scheduled time, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the professor prior to the exam.

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.

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 Online Support Services.


Course Requirements
Number of Items
Points for Each
Total Points Available
Movie Activity1555%
Individual Assignment1101010%
Group Project1202020%
LetterRange (%)LetterRange (%)
LetterRange (%)
A95 or aboveB83 - 86C70 - 76
A-90 - 94B-80 - 82D60- 69
B+87-89C+77 - 79F59 or less

Course Calendar

Weekly Schedule

ModuleDateLecture ContentAssignments
Module 1: IntroductionJanuary 6th – January 12th
Tourism Introduction

Tourism Organizations
Discussion Board 1: Introduce Yourself
(5 points)
Module 2: History of International TourismJanuary 13th – January 19th
Tourism Throughout the Ages

History: Globalization of Tourism
Quiz 1
(5 points)
Module 3: Sociology of International TourismJanuary 20th – January 26th
Sociology of TourismTest 1
(20 points)
Module 4: Tourist BehaviorJanuary 27th – February 2nd
Tourist BehaviorDiscussion Board 2
(5 points)

Movie Activity
(5 points)
Module 5: Tourism and CultureFebruary 3rd – February 9th
Peace Through Tourism

Tourism Supply and Demand
Discussion Board 3
(5 points)

Quiz 2
(5 points)
Module 6: Alternative Forms of TourismFebruary 10th – February 16th
Alternative TourismIndividual Assignment
(10 points)
Module 7: Planning and DevelopmentFebruary 17th – February 22nd
Tourism Planning and Development Sustainable EcotourismGroup Project
(20 points)

Test 2
(20 points)