Communication and Culture | Environmental Communication (Topic: Environmental Tourism)
C348 | 28521 | Pezzullo, P.

MW, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM, C2 203

Carries COLL Intensive Writing Credit

Instructor: Phaedra Pezzullo	
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 206
Phone: 855-2106
Instructor’s Website: 	

“It is tempting to look upon Yosemite as the final battleground
of ‘nature’ versus ‘society’: two of the worthiest adversaries head-
to-head; the most beautiful natural place on earth against an entire
postmodern city owned by a major corporation, attempting to take the
place over from within.  But this is a pseudo-battle.  Its outcome
is rigged.  It is not nature vs. society, but ‘framed’ nature vs.
corporate society. Society already won.  The ‘battle’ is only
another entertainment. Unless, of course, we decide to change
(Dean MacCannell, 1992, 116-117)

Tourism is the largest global industry.  For people who care about
the environment, this fact provokes both hope and concern.  On the
one hand, the popularity of tourism promises great potential as a
means to communicate the value of specific places, ecosystems, and
cultures.  On the other hand, increased communication does not
necessarily correlate to environmental preservation or sustainable
local cultures, especially when “tourism” accounts for such a wide
range of practices.  Given this tension, it is perhaps unsurprising
that responses to environmental tourism, like MacCannell’s (above),
seem only to agree on two things: (1) any opinion about the
relationship between tourism and the environment tends to provoke
controversy; and (2) the stakes of these controversies are high.

This introductory course is organized around three themes:
commercial “ecotourism”; commercial environmental tourism museums
and parks; and noncommercial industrial tourism (e.g., toxic tours
and waste management facility tours).  We will engage
interdisciplinary literature, primary tourist materials and sites,
and each other to explore the limitations and possibilities of
environmental tourism as mode of communicating about nature,
culture, and social change.

As an Intensive Writing course, assignments most likely will involve:
Active and Informed Seminar Participation: 15%
3 Critical Research Papers:
PAPER #1: WHAT ARE THEY SELLING? (4-5 pages + Works Cited): 20%
PAPER #2: WHAT ARE THEY SHOWING? (4-5 pages + Works Cited): 25%
PAPER #3: Revision & Extension: OF WHAT ARE WE PERSUADED? (9-10
pages + Works Cited): 40%
Final Individual Presentations (5-10 minutes)

Course Readings: Likely to be located on IU EReserves.