Syllabus Tourism Studies MA, Tourism Research, 15 Credits

General data

  • Code: TR001A
  • Subject/Main field: Turismvetenskap
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Credits: 15
  • 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: 9/1/2010
  • Date of change: 5/30/2013
  • Version valid from: 8/25/2011


The main aim of the course is to provide you with knowledge about, and comprehension of, central processes and concepts that constitute tourism and tourism research.

Course objectives

After finishing the course, the student shall be able to:
• Explain and use the central terms that constitute the area of tourism and travel.
• Describe current issues in national and international tourism research.
• Thoroughly describe the central actors and factors involved in tourism.
• Communicate knowledge verbally and in writing, adapted to different receivers.
• Debate and discuss a theme based on acquired knowledge.


This course focuses on tourism research of current interest. The course discusses tourism from a broad perspective including factors and terms such as tourism statistics, supply and demand, tourism effects, tourism planning, tourism destinations and tourism experiences. In conclusion, tourism is discussed from a future point of view.

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor with 90 Credits in Human Geography, Tourism Studies or equivalent Exam, and English course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium). This can be proven by for example the following international English tests:
- 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

Teaching is carried out by lectures and seminars. Teamwork, reports and discussions based on central themes and ideas are frequent. Excursions may be done.

Examination form

Examination is done by written/oral tests. Furthermore, examination is done regarding individual work, oral presentations, teamwork and individual papers.

Grading system,

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: Goeldner, Charles. R., Brent, Rithcie, J.R,
  • Title: Tourism. Principles Practices, Philosophies
  • Ort: Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Inc
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan. Last ed.

Required literature

  • Author: Weaver, David & Lawton, Laura
  • Title: Tourism Management
  • Ort: Milton Qld
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan. Last ed.
  • Author: Nordin, Sara
  • Title: Tourism of Tomorrow – Travel Trends and Forces of Change
  • Ort: Östersund
  • Publisher: ETOUR
  • Edition: U 2005:27.
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  • Author: Hall, C.Michael. & Stephen.J. Page
  • Title: The Geography of Tourism and Recreation.
  • Ort: London
  • Publisher: Routledge, 2000.
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan. Last ed.
Kurslitteratur som tillkommer:
Ett antal aktuella vetenskapliga artiklar med fokus på turism. Artiklarna väljs i samråd med läraren.

Additional literature: a number of scientific articles focusing tourism and travel. The articles are chosen in consultation with the teacher/s.
Other information
According to the students´ wishes, the course is given in Swedish or in English.