Module Catalogue

SOC2080 : The Sociology of Tourism (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Casey
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module introduces students to the sociology of tourism. It provides students with an insight and overview into the key theorists, core ideas and multiple concerns within the sociology of tourism. The module will introduce students to critically engage with ideas focused around tourism, allowing students to theorise tourism and travel through its intersections with many other key sociological concerns such as social class, age, youth, sexuality etc.

The main aims are:
•       To introduce students to sociology’s concerns with tourism and travel
•       To allow students to engage with the principle ideas and theorists within the sociology of tourism through using examples from within the everyday experience of travel and tourism.
•       To develop skills in reading and engaging with key sociological texts within tourism studies.
•       To analyse the social, political, spatial and cultural impact of tourism.

Original Summary:
This module introduces students to the ways in which sociologists have analysed, theorised and engaged with the modern phenomena of tourism and travel. The module asks what is meant by ‘tourism’, and how that has been answered in different ways at different times by sociologists and those beyond the academy. The module wishes to explore the growth of tourism and the tourist experience through focusing upon its local and global impacts and its intersections with our identities and everyday worlds.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will begin through outlining the key theorists and approaches within the sociology of tourism and tourisms place within the discipline of sociology. The module will then move onto explore a number of key concerns within sociology and their intersections with tourism and travel. The lectures will focus on different areas each week which are important for understanding tourism from a sociological standpoint - including identity, social class, age, youth culture, sexuality, globalisation and the environment. The module will also draw student’s attention to ideas focused upon tourism beyond modernity and ‘post tourism’.

Seminars will run bi-weekly and will serve to underpin ideas developed within lectures and allow students to critically engage with key reading and focus upon particular topics.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

•       The lectures are used to introduce students to the scope of the subject, theoretical perspectives, and empirical evidence. Lectures provide the structure to the topic area around which students’ own reading should take place.

•       Seminars are organised to allow students to explore their developing understanding of the sociology of tourism, and to discuss how key sociological insights may be used to theorise and address tourism and travel experiences. The seminars are designed to enable students to prepare for the module assessments through discussion and the preparation of reading materials.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module involves two methods of formal assessment:

The dossier/report allows students to engage with a number of key theorists in the sociology of tourism, critically analyse their ideas in relation to a number of contemporary examples students will be expected to use. Such a method of assessment allows students to critically engage with key ideas and present findings outside of a more traditional essay format.

Students are required to apply their understanding of sociological perspectives on tourism and travel from a range of essay questions. The assessment aids the development of critical writing skills and the ability to initiate theoretically informed, empirical research using key texts and journals.

Reflecting moves to standardise a resit assessment strategy within GPS, the resit will be 100% formal examination - duration 3 hours.

Reading Lists

Timetable