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Tourism and Geography, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Turism och geografi

This syllabus is valid: 2017-06-12 and until further notice

Course code: 2KG101

Credit points: 15

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Human Geography: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, F Insufficient

Responsible department: Department of Geography

Established by: Head of Department of Geography and Economic History, 2014-03-14

Revised by: Head of Department of Geography and Economic History, 2017-09-27


Part 1. Tourism Geography perspectives on Social and Economic Geography (7.5 credits)
This part gives an overview of several key research areas within social and economic geography and analyzes them from a tourism geographic perspective. In addition to research on rural and urban areas are perspectives on migration, mobility and local and regional economic development discussed. For each theme it is discussed how research can be applied and related to tourism geography. Questions asked are what tourism geography research can acquire from other geography research but also what the latter can learn from tourism geography. Thus tourism geography is positioned as an integral part of social and economic geography.
Part 1. Tourism Geography (7.5 credits)
This part deals with tourism geography and its position within social and economic geography. It focuses on traditions of thought in tourism geography. Students are familiarized with key works and theories in tourism geography. Emphasis will be on tourism as an economic activity. This part also demonstrates debates around current issues in tourism research from critical perspectives. In addition to course literature participants are expected to immerse themselves in the tourism geographic theme that is chosen for the final degree project, or another theme that is of relevance for the thesis project.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to
Knowledge and understanding
1. account for important theories within social and economic geography and tourism geography
2. account for relations between tourism geography and social and economic geography
3. in an informed manner summarize and synthetize themes within tourism geography research
Competence and skills
4. apply theories within social and economic geography on tourism
5. analyse the field of tourism geography in relation to relevant and up to date research agendas
6. discuss and present theories and themes within tourism geography both orally and in written formats

Judgement and approach
7. critically and independently asses existing knowledge within tourism geography

Required Knowledge

Univ: 120 ECTS, 60 ECTS of which in human geography or equivalently.

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6

Form of instruction

The teaching consists of lectures, individual supervision and seminars. The seminars are compulsory. Relevant gender issues related to the contents are continuously integrated in the course. The teaching is in English.

Examination modes

The course is examined by two individual, compulsory assignments to be presented at seminars and in written reports. The assignments and the whole course are graded according to the scale A – FX.

Examination based on the same syllabus as at the ordinary examination is guaranteed during two years after the first registration to the course.

It is not possible to appeal against a received grade, i.e. to get it examined by a higher authority, but a student can always criticize the grading or ask another examiner to reconsider the examination.

When a student has failed an examination on two occasions, he or she has a right to have another grading teacher. A written request for an alternative examiner should be handed in to the director of studies.

Credit transfer is always examined individually.


Valid from: 2017 week 24

Moment 1

Mobility and place : enacting Northern European peripheries
Bærenholdt Jørgen Ole, Granås Brynhild
Aldershot : Ashgate : 2008 : 255 s. :
ISBN: 9780754671411 (hbk.) :
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Woods Michael
London : Routledge : 2011 : xi, 336 p. :
ISBN: 0415442400
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Migration theory : talking across disciplines
Brettell Caroline, Hollifield James Frank
2. ed. : London : Routledge : cop. 2008 : viii, 296 s. :
ISBN: 9780415954266
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Economic geography : a contemporary introduction
Coe Neil M., Yeung Henry Wai-Chung, Kelly Philip F.
2. ed. : Hoboken, NJ : Wiley : 2013 : xxviii, 541 s. :
ISBN: 9780470943380
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Castree Noel
London : Routledge : 2005 : xxv, 281 s. :
ISBN: 0415339049
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Moment 2

Tourism, creativity and development
Richards Greg., Wilson Julie
London : Routledge : 2007. : 323 s. :
ISBN: 0-415-42756-8 (inb.)
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Singh Tejvir
Critical debates in tourism
Buffalo : Channel View Publications : c2012 : 398 s. :
ISBN: 9781845413422 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Geographies of tourism [Elektronisk resurs] : European research perspectives
Anton Clavé S., Wilson Julie
Bingley, U.K. : Emerald : 2013. : 1 online resource (260 p.) :
ISBN: 9781781902615 (electronic bk.) :
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Tourism destination evolution
Brouder Patrick, Anton Clavé S., Gill Alison, Ioannides Dimitri
London : Routledge : 2017. : 1 online resource (199 pages) :
ISBN: 9781317009542
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Lean Garth
Transformative travel in a mobile world
Wallingford : CABI : 2015 : xii, 262 s. :
ISBN: 9781780643991
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Literature according to the teacher's instructions to come.