Course plan

Save favourite

View syllabus

Human geography AV, Tourism in a changing world, 7,5 credits

General data

Code: KG022A
Subject/Main field: Kulturgeografi
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Tourism Studies and Geography
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 2/2/2016
Date of change: 3/29/2016
Version valid from: 9/10/2015


This multi-part course discusses and analyzes tourism and its evolution through time and space within the context of globalization. It engages students in the complex discourse of globalization, tourism spaces, and development. Students are also introduced to various theories relating to consumption, culture, and modernity.

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of the course students are expected to demonstrate:

- A comprehensive theoretical understanding of core forces leading to globalization and the manner in which it influences patterns of tourism growth.
- Critically analyze the evolutionary forces that transform tourism spaces through time.
- Identify and comprehend the forces that lead to the transformation of territories through tourism.
- Comprehend and be in a position to critically assess the various effects of tourism on host communities.
- The ability to evaluate the transformation of landscapes through tourism and the meaning this sector has for host societies.


This course covers four key parts, which encompass theoretical frameworks that, among others relate to consumption, culture, and modernity and the manner in which these are intertwined with tourism. The major parts are: (a) Tourism theory in the context of modernity; (b) Tourism, development, and the political economy; (c) Spaces of consumption; (d) Culture, authenticity and heritage.

(a) The students gain a deep understanding of the interconnections of tourism and modernity/postmodernity. Specifically, they are exposed to theoretical insights relating to the interconnections of tourist space and modernity, the meaning of postmodern space and its aesthetics, and the symbolic econony of space.

(b) The interrelationship of tourism and economic development is explored. Specifically, students are exposed to theoretical insights relating to the effects of globalization on the international tourism system and simultaneously how tourism itself influences globalization. The role of multinational companies, the State, and other stakeholders is also analyzed. Issuesd relating to agency and dependency are discussed.

(c) The course also deals with production and consumption within tourist spaces, the narratives of place and consumption, and matters relating to consumer preferences.

(d) Finally, the course deals with culture, authenticity, and commodification. It discusses the politics of heritage and cultural tourism and the issue of place and identity within tourist spaces.

Entry requirements

Bachelor exam in human geography, tourism studies or similar disciplines. TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 on a paper-based test and not below 4.0 on the TWE, or 213 on a computer-based test and not below 4 on Essay Rating, or a minimum score of 79 on internet based test and not below 17 on the TWE.
- IELTS (Academic Training) with a minimum overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score on the specific parts of at least 5.0

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Lectures, tutorials, peer learning through group field work, study visits.

Examination form

Major written paper, presentations, examination.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Lew, Hall, and Williams
Title: The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Tourism
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell

Reference literature

Author: Meethan, Kevin
Title: Tourism in Global Society
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Palgrave, Macmillan

Ytterligare litteratur/material kan tillkomma.

In addition to the key texts for the course, each lecture will be associated with additional readings relating to academic articles and other pertinent materials.