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: Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 2/2/2016
  • Date of change: 5/10/2019
  • Version valid from: 8/30/2019


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. At home examinations or other written assignments, a complementary oral presentation may be requested by the teacher. The student should hence demonstrate the necessary knowledge to ensure that the student is the actual sender and the author of the written work.
Students admitted to the previous version of this course have the right to graduate 3 times within 1 year according to that syllabus. Thereafter the students are transferred to this syllabus.

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

Reference literature

  • Author: Tim Coles, David T. Duval, & Gareth Shaw
  • Title: Student’s Guide to Writing Dissertations and Theses in Tourism Studies and Related Disciplines
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Edition: Latest edition
  • Author: Ter Vir Sing
  • Title: Challenges in Tourism Research
  • Publisher: Channel View Publication
  • Edition: Latest edition
  • Author: Tej Vir Sing
  • Title: Critical Debates in Tourism
  • Publisher: Channel View Publication
  • Edition: Latest edition
  • Author: Meethan, Kevin
  • Title: Tourism in Global Society
  • Publisher: Palgrave, Macmillan
  • Edition: Latest edition
  • Author: David Botterill & Vincent Platenkamp
  • Title: Key Concepts in Tourism Research
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • Edition: Latest edition

Required literature

  • Author: Robin Nunkoo (ed)
  • Title: Handbook of Research Methods for Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Publisher: Elgar
  • Edition: Latest edition
  • :
  • Author: Lew, Hall, and Williams
  • Title: The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Tourism
  • Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
  • Edition: Latest edition
  • Author: Kevin Hannam & Dan Knox
  • Title: Understanding Tourism: A Critical Introduction
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • Edition: Latest edition
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.