Italy: Course Information

RM 3545 - Expeditioning in Italy

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge that pertain to the principles and practices of actively participating in an extended group expedition abroad. This will be achieved through an examination of expeditioning theory and practice in the classroom followed by a 20-day expedition through rural Tuscany and Liguria including the Alpi Apuane National Park, the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago, and Cinque Terre National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. An expeditionary learning model will serve as the foundation for this travel, outdoor tourism course.


After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the fundamentals of implementing a major international expedition in mountain and coastal settings.
  2. Understand and describee the hospitality and tourism industry in Italy. 
  3. Describe the outdoor recreation industry in Italy and the relative status of it as compared to the overall tourism market.
  4. Articulate experiential education methodologies, practices, and principles.
  5. Understand and embrace issues surrounding environmental and cultural awareness.
  6. Articulate the significant flora and fauna found in the area in which we will be traveling
  7. Name and identify significant aspects of 3 Italian National Parks and 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  8. Articulate the principles of Leave No Trace ethics as it relates to environments and cultures
  9. Identify key principles of risk management as it relates to organizing international expedition
  10. Articulate the history of guiding, expeditioning, and trekking in European mountains
  11. Model exemplify positive and appropriate expedition behavior, including leadership and group dynamics as it relates to backcountry settings. We will look closely at group development as it relates to a group of individuals living together for 20 days, our group as it relates to the cultures we will encounter, and our group as it relates to the environment we will travel through.
  12. Establish guiding principles for this expedition and embody them as the trip progresses

Rich Campbell -


RM 3542 – Commercial Recreation and Tourism in Italy 

This course provides an in-depth study of tourism and recreational travel in the context of outbound travel. Topics include the origin, types, and various areas of tourism (culinary, health, historical tourism); development, planning and management of international tours; as well as destination promotion. 


After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define tourism and its types in the context of outbound travel.
  2. Distinguish between different types of tourism (culinary, health, historical tourism).
  3. Understand the historical origins of travel industry.
  4. Develop, plan and manage international trips – both group and individual.
  5. Understand the role of marketing and promotion in successful development of the destination.
  6. Understand the terms specific to outbound travel and tourism.
  7. Identify services and infrastructure that facilitates travel and tourism at the destination (e.g., public transportation, lodging industries, public parks and amusement areas, food services, etc.).

Understand current events and policies affecting outbound travel and tourism

Dr. Iryna Sharaievska -

Students will be able to use both courses to satisfy core electives in both the Commercial and Outdoor recreation concentrations in the Recreation Management department. Additionally, students should be able to use one of these courses for their global contect course as identified by a varity of different majors in different departments across campus. 

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Student Recreation Center
150 Bodenheimer Drive
Boone, North Carolina 28608

Phone: (828) 262-4077
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