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Tourism, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Tourism

This syllabus is valid: 2014-04-28 and until further notice

Course code: 2KG066

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

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


The course provides an overview of international tourism research. A social science perspective is applied on the study of tourism as a modern phenomenon. In this context focus is particularly on human mobility. It is addressed how societal change influences traveling, and how traveling influences society and environment in various geographical contexts. Also, different scientific approaches to research into tourism are presented. Moreover, the overview includes issues such as the production of tourism, globalization and its impact on different places, the motives and behavior of tourists, various forms of tourism, the nexus between tourism, nature and society, and finally, tourism policy and planning for tourism.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to

Knowledge and understanding
1. distinguish various forms of tourism and related problems,

Competence and skills
2. analyze tourism in relation to differing geographical contexts and societal changes,
3. distinguish and critically assess various scientific approaches to tourism,
4. produce scientific summaries of issues and problem within tourism,
5. show awareness of and do research ethical considerations,

Judgement and approach
6. distinguish and critically evaluate tourism related scientific perspectives.

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

Instruction is given through lectures and seminars, where students are expected to participate actively. Relevant gender issues related to the contents are continuously integrated in the course. The course is given in English.

Examination modes

Examination is done in two ways; (i) a written exam, (ii) two individually written essays to be presented at seminars. All parts are awarded one of the following grades: A, B, C, D, E, F and FX. The same scale is used for awarding a grade for the entire course, which is the average of the grades awarded for the three graded examinations.

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

Students who have passed an examination cannot redo the examination to receive a higher grade.

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 to the director of studies.

Credit transfer is always examined individually.


Valid from: 2014 week 18

A companion to tourism
Lew Alan A., Hall Colin Michael, Williams Allan M.
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Pub. : cop 2004 : 622 s. :
ISBN: 0-631-23564-7 (alk. paper)
Search Album, the University Library catalogue

Hall Colin Michael
Tourism : rethinking the social science of mobility
Harlow : Pearson/Prentice Hall : 2005 : xxvii, 448 s. :
ISBN: 978-0-582-32789-4
Search Album, the University Library catalogue

Literature is advised by teacher, and selected individually.