Ecotourism: How to apply ecology in tourism?

History and Geography
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Kuo-Jung Chao
PhD in Tropical Plant Ecology, in Earth and Biosphere Institute, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Associate Professor in International Master Program of Agriculture, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan  Feb. 2017−present

Have been awarded as the “The Distinguished Award for General Education Teachers, National Chung Hsing University” in 2015. Offered courses include Tropical Rainforest Ecology, Topics in Ecology, Topics in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Plant Ecology in Taiwan, Plant Ecology and Biodiversity. Research interests include plant ecology, long-term monitoring forest dynamics, forest ecosystem carbon budgets, and forest conservation.

Chi-Ming Hsieh
Ph.D. in Park, Recreation, Tourism and Resource Studies, Michigan State University May 2010
Associate Professor in International Bachelor Program of Agribusiness, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan Feb. 2018−present

Dr. Hsieh’s main research and teaching interests include: agricultural tourism (or rural tourism, leisure farm), ecotourism, community-based tourism & sustainable development, service quality audit and practices in tourism and travel, interpretation system services, and economics of tourism and recreation.  He earns certificates of Interpretive Guide of National Association for Interpretation (NAI), tour manager and tour guide (both English and Chinese) of Republic of China, and tour planning and design. 

About this course

Introduce the definition, theory and practices of ecotourism. Also, this course will have some demonstrations in the Huisun Experimental Forest Station and Agricultural Experiment Station in National Chung Hsing University. The demonstrations can allow the students to understand what are the major components and elements of ecotourism and how to plan an ecotourism trip.

What you'll learn

The aim is to let the students understand what nature-based ecotourism is, recognize the key concepts of ecotourism, and spark their interest in actively participating in ecotourism and environmental conservation.

Target Learners

University students and members of the general public who are interested in ecotourism.

Course Features

This course combines the elements of both ecology and tourism, including their concepts, theory, and trends. Therefore, the students will have a better understanding of ecotourism. This course is taught in English, including the teaching materials, assignments, and discussions. This will help international students to understand the characteristics of natural resources and ecotourism in Taiwan.

Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. What is Ecology?
  3. Let's go for an ecotour!
  4. How to introduce the ecology in an area?
  5. Enjoying the Huisun Experimental Forest Station
  6. Experiencing the Tea agroecotourism
  7. Sustainability


Peer evaluation, on-line quiz, and assignments


A basic listening, reading, and writing ability in English.

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