Sustainable Tourism in Brazil

Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sustainable Tourism in Brazil

  • Host University

    Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina

  • Location

    Florianópolis, Brazil

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Science, Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism, Natural Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This course covers concepts of ecotourism and the environment. Looking at the new wave of the "green era," it applies theories of sustainability to the tourist destinations in Brazil, with special attention given to the areas of Santa Catarina and Florianópolis. Opportunities for new markets and tourism growth in Brazil will be discussed as well.


    Enable the student to understand the natural and patrimonial Brazilian landscape and its relation to sustainability and eco-tourism.


    For every field work it will be handed a specific guide that contains all the information regarding the forthcoming event. In this sense, reading, observing the environment, taking notes and group discussions will be required during these field works or suggested as advisedly to reach the course aim. Articles, thesis, textbooks and different textbooks chapters are provided to students as activities.


    Lesson 1

    • Introduction to the Course
    • Introduction to Tourism
    • Conception of Tourism and its professionalization

    Lesson 2

    • Brazilian Tourism Industry
    • Types of natural landscape that permit tourist activities
    • A "journey" through the tourism industry and development in Brazil
    • Federal Parks and Reserves in Brazilian territory

    Lesson 3

    • Tourism and Environment in the Brazilian geographical areas
    • Management of Tourism
    • Understanding tourism through the different areas of Brazil
    • Case studies of Tourism in Brazil

    Lesson 4

    • Tourism and Environment in Santa Catarina
    • The natural patrimony of Santa Catarina
    • Management of the historical areas of Florianopolis

    Field Work 1

    • Sample: Santo Antonio de Lisboa, Jurerê Internacional e Forte de São Jose da Ponta Grossa
    • Visit to Historical touristic attractions in Florianópolis

    Lesson 5

    • Santa Catarina State as a tourist destination
    • The marketing and management of the tourist areas of the state

    Lesson 6

    • Tourism and Environment
    • Dualism of Brazilian society and the future of tourism in the country
    • Negotiations between progress and environment protection

    Field Work 2

    • Sample: Bombinhas and Porto Belo Island
    • Group Presentations of a Selected Study case

    Lesson 7

    • Eco-tourism and its opportunities in Florianopolis
    • Study case - "Oyster's Way" as gastro-tourism
    • Analysis of the area south of Florianopolis as an unexplored tourist destination

    Field Work 3

    • Sample: South of Florianopolis (Oyster's Way), Pirajubaé Coast, Florianopolis Airport and Avaí Soccer Field

    Lesson 8

    • Rio de Janeiro Favelas
    • Film - "Waste Land"

    Lesson 9

    • The environment and the tourism in Florianopolis
    • The environment versus the construction industry: an endless battle in Florianopolis

    Lesson 10

    • The analysis of Brazil and its development
    • Managing to upgrade tourism in Brazil
    • The good and the bad points of the country's infrastructure


    Our grading will consist of several activities concerning to practical works, seminars and an article production, participation and interaction in the classroom and written tests, among others.

    To be approved, the student must have a minimum of 70% of improvement and a minimum of 75% class attendance. The approval is conditioned to the performance expected in the following:
    a) programmed situation on previous reading and class discussions;
    b) programmed situation on reading and writing during field work;
    c) programmed situation on exposition and interpretation of field work experiences and the capacity texts and debates;
    d) presentation of papers and article.

    Students will be asked to complete three written evaluations, each related to the content given during regular lectures and also linked to the field work observations and learning.


    To be approved, the student must have a minimum of 70% of improvement and 75% of class frequency. The student cannot be absent on up to 25% of classes.In case of injury or sickness the absence of the student will not count if he presents a medical certificate. In this context, the classroom assignments shall be sent via e-mail to him. When the student joins back his group, the professor is instructed to pay extra attention to him/her in the process of catching up with the class.