Course Information
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID420001823

Programme of Study: PPS Geōponías (2019-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • Italian (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
An agronomist with a scientific orientation / direction of agricultural economy should be able to perceive the transformations of the rural areas and the transition from an area of ​​exclusively agricultural production to a multifunctional area with the emergence of other activities / services such as rural tourism. The students are expected that in the course and at the end of the course they will be able to: 1. understand the philosophy of Rural Tourism (Rural Tourism) and in particular of Agrotourism as a form of multifaceted activity, i.e the theoretical axes around which this economic activity develops in the countryside 2. Understand the role of rural tourism in local development and the social integration of rural women 3. become familiar with their role as designers and executives in an agritourism business / plan a business plan 4. to grow skills in the assessment-application of theoretical and methodological tools of market segmentation 5. to identify and evaluate local resources for the development of rural tourism in a rural area 6. understand the quality issues of the leisure experience in an agritourism destination, in an agritourism business
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Rural tourism is a key means for rural areas to earn income and ensure quality living conditions. It contributes to the regeneration of the rural area and to the elimination of its desertification by creating infrastructure, jobs for young people by creating/maintain jobs in sectors such as trade, transport, hospitality, etc. It also has significant benefits for the rural family and agriculture as it is a channel for the promotion of agricultural products (primary and processed food products as well as handicrafts). It creates additional income, through multitasking, for all members (and especially for the rural woman, thus contributing to their social integration). In the context of "endogenous development", rural tourism mobilizes local natural and human resources to develop business innovations. However, one of the economic figures presented by rural tourism, for the rural areas in which it develops, has positive effects on the social relations between the city and the countryside, on the social integration of rural women, on synergies, is consistent with gaining experience for the tourist. In particular, the course examines the following: Part A-Theoretical: Development and importance (economic-social-environmental) of rural tourism Conceptual content of rural tourism, agrotourism product, agrotourism enterprise Motivations and typologies of agro-tourists: psychography and segmentation Development policies, institutional framework and business financing tools - Multifunctional Farms The rural ideal and the "look" of the tourist, marketing of agrotourism destination Supply meets demand (destination & product life cycle) Social integration and gender dimensions in agrotourism. Linking agrotourism with other forms of rural tourism: the role of local gastronomy products in the experience of agrotourism Synergies and Networking of agrotourism companies - destinations. Agrotourism and quality standards. Part B-Laboratory: Consolidation of theoretical concepts with the help of exercises, practices-applications 1. Consolidation exercises of the concepts: 2. Analysis of the National Legislative Framework for Agrotourism 3. Laboratory for quality in agrotourism: from theory to practice
agrotourism, agri-tourism, quality, rural idyll, open farms, motives, tourism clusters, gastronomy, gender, phsychographics
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Use of ΜΣ Power Point, videos, use of URL for up- loading notes, directions and communicating news to students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work42
Reading Assigment30
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities4
Student Assessment
20% lab grade, 40% written/oral exams and 40% one assignment and one group project to be shared during the semester of the course.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Additional bibliography for study
1. Παρταλίδου, Μ. (2017). Τουρισμός και “αγροτικό ιδεώδες”: μύθος ή πραγματικότητα; Πρότυπα ποιότητας και αξίες γύρω από τον αγροτικό τουρισμό. Στο Τσάρτας, Π. Και Λύτρας, Π. (επιμ.) Τουρισμός, Τουριστική Ανάπτυξη. Συμβολές Ελλήνων Επιστημόνων. Σειρά: Βιβλιοθήκη Τουριστικών Επιστημών. Εκδόσεις ΠΑΠΑΖΗΣΗ, Αθήνα. σελ. 423-429. 2. Παρταλίδου, Μ. (2005). Η προτυποποίηση ως παράγοντας ανάπτυξης και προώθησης του Αγροτικού Τουρισμού. Διδακτορική Διατριβή, Α.Π.Θ., Τμήμα Γεωπονίας, Τομέας Αγροτικής Οικονομίας, Θεσσαλονίκη. 3. Partalidou M. & Koutsou S. (2012). Locally and Socially Embedded Tourism Clusters in Rural Greece. TOURISMOS, An International multidisciplinary Journal of Tourism, 7:1, 99-116. 4. Koutsou S., Notta O., Samathrakis V. & Partalidou M. (2009). Women’s Entrepreneurship and Rural Tourism in Greece: Private Enterprises and Cooperatives. South European Society and Politics, 14: 2, 191-209. 5. Partalidou M. & Iakovidou O. (2008). Crafting a Policy Framework of Indicators and Quality Standards for Rural Tourism Management. International Journal of Tourism Policy, 1:4, 353-367. [ 6. Iakovidou O., Koutsouris A. & Partalidou M. (2002). The development of Rural Tourism in Greece, through the initiative LEADER II: The case of Northern and Central Chalkidiki. NEW MEDIT:Mediterranean Journal of Economics, Agriculture and Environment, I:4, 32- 38. 7.Παρταλίδου Μ. & Ιακωβίδου Ό. (2002). Η ποιότητα ως προϋπόθεση ανάπτυξης του Αγροτικού Τουρισμού. Επιθεώρηση Κοινωνικών Ερευνών, 108-109, Β’-Γ’, 325-345. 8. Partalidou M. & Iakovidou O., (2008). Safeguarding Rural Tourism Experience. Do different quality norms exist? In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitor Flows in Recreational and Protected Areas, eds. A. Raschi and S. Trampetti, Pisa, Italy ISBN9788879704083 (pp.193-197). 9. Παρταλίδου, Μ. και Ιακωβίδου, Ο. (2007). Αγροτουριστικοί προορισμοί στην Ελλάδα. Νέες τάσεις πέρα από τις ακτές και τον μαζικό τουρισμό στo Επιμ. Ιακωβίδου Ο., Μεσογειακός Τουρισμός πέρα από τις ακτές: νέες τάσεις στον τουρισμό και κοινωνική οργάνωση του χώρου, Θεσσαλονίκη, Εκδόσεις ΖΗΤΗ, ISBN 978-960-456-053-0 (σελ.343-367). 10. Παρταλίδου, Μ. και Κουτσού, Σ. (2006). Συμπληρωματικές Δραστηριότητες στην ύπαιθρο. Η ανάπτυξη του αγροτικού τουρισμού στο Επιμ.: Καρυπίδης Φ., Αγγελόπουλος, Σ. και Νόττα, Ο. Το μέλλον των αγροτικών περιοχών: πορεία προς την ανάπτυξη, Εταιρία Αγροτικής Οικονομίας, Θεσσαλονίκη, Εκδόσεις ΖΗΤΗ (σελ.67-77). 11. Ιακωβίδου, Ο. και Παρταλίδου, Μ. (2001). Αγροτικός Τουρισμός και Βιολογικά Προϊόντα στο Επιμ.: Μπατζιάλη Δ., Πολυχρονίδη Μ. και Γαλανοπούλου Σ. Βιολογική Γεωργία- Φυτική και Ζωική Παραγωγή, Βόλος, Ινστιτούτο Γεωργοοικονομικών και Κοινωνιολογικών Ερευνών, Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλίας, Δίκτυο Βιολογικής Γεωργίας (σελ.154-159).
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