Tourism studies MA, Tourism Management and Economics, 7,5 credits


Tourism studies MA, Tourism Management and Economics, 7,5 credits

General data

  • Code: TR013A
  • Subject/Main field: Tourism Studies
  • 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
  • Approved: 3/29/2016
  • Date of change: 2/17/2020
  • Version valid from: 8/20/2020


This course introduces, explores and critically examines state-of-the art knowledge in management and economics of tourism with a specific focus on the interrelationship between businesses and tourists. Students are introduced to theories, models and methodologies which can engage students in the contemporary discourses of management and economics in tourism and thereby critically reflect upon the global tourism system as well as the underlying assumptions of theories, models and methodologies.

Course objectives

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

- A comprehensive theortical understanding of the main state-of-the-art theories and models in management and economics in tourism
- Critically analyze the process of co-creation in tourism
- Critically analyze tourism supply and demand both at the micro and macro level
- Identify and comprehend the core components of economic conceptualization of tourism
- Comprehend and be in a position to critically assess the various dimensions of the interrelationship between businesses and tourists
- Capacity to apply quantiative techniques relating to the management and economics of tourism


The course is organized into two key parts, which include theoretical frameworks and methods that relate to the management of tourism as a co-created service experience (the business and the tourist) and the supply and demand economics of tourism.

The first part (A) introduces and explain as well as critically discusses the assumptions and limitations of the micro and macro economic analysis of tourism demand and supply based on theoretical models and methodologies. The micro economics of tourism include behaviour and performance by tourism businesses and the macro economics of tourism include growth theories as well as effect and impact models.

The second part (B) introduces and critically reflects on theories and methodologies of co-creation of tourism experiences from a managerial and consumer perspective. Management principles such as strategic positioning, branding, service process design, service encounter layout, and location considerations are explored. Models and methodologies related to the management of tourism such as yield management, capacity planning, service process optimization and measurement of customer experiences are introduced and discussed.

Entry requirements

A bachelor' s degree of at least 180 credits (ECTS) and English course 6/English course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium) or the equivalent.

Selection rules and procedures

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

Teaching form

Lectures, tutorials, peer learning through group assignments.

Examination form

0010: Individual written test, 5.0 Credits
Grade scale: Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

0011: Home assignment, 2.5 Credits
Grade scale: Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

Individual written test and home assignment. 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

Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

Other information

The examiner has the right to offer alternative examination arrangements to students who have been granted the right to special support by Mid Sweden University's disabilities adviser.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Stabler, Mika. Papatheodorou, Andreas. & Sinclair, Thea.
  • Title: The economics of tourism
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Author: Haiyan Song, Larry Dwyer, Gang, Li. & Zheng, Cao.
  • Article title: Tourism economics research: a review and assessment
  • Journal: 2012; 39(3): 1653-1682.
  • Year/Volume/nr/pages: Annals of Tourism Research
  • Author: Fitzsimmons, James.A. & Fitzsimmons, Mona.
  • Title: Service Management – Operations, Strategy and Information Technology
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill International Edition

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
  • Edition: Latest edition
  • Publisher: Routledge

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