Below you find short descriptions of the compulsory courses. If you want more information after reading these summaries you can read the Study Handbook.
This course provides a broad-based overview of tourism theory and practice from a historical perspective and in a world-wide, multi-cultural context. Given that this course represents an introduction into the rest of the courses it has the primary objective to provide a general synopsis of the existing body of knowledge in the tourism studies field. Different concepts and approaches are discussed to raise the awareness of many important societal and philosophical issues in the production of tourism knowledge. More specifically, the epistemological issues of different paradigms influencing the formation of this field are discussed in detail.
In summary, at the end of this course, students will have addressed such questions as to how tourism becomes conceptualised, what developments took place during the past centuries in relation to free time and social, economic and natural environment, what role does tourism play in different philosophical systems and what differences exist in the context of tourism within various social sciences.