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Geography of Tourism

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  • Type of Module/Course: Elective Module
  • Level of Module / Course: Postgraduate Course
  • Year of Study: 1st
  • Semester: Winter Semester
  • Number of credits allocated: 3
  • Number of teaching units: 3
  • Name of lecturer / lecturers: Theano S. Terkenli
  • Content outline:

    A critical and in-depth negotiation of the contemporary geographical articulation of tourism as an economic system, but also as a social phenomenon at different spatial scales, from the “global” to the “local” and of its interconnections with all dimensions of life in the societies where it develops. An exploration of the broader as well as of the more specific geographical demonstrations of the tourism phenomenon synthetically, on the basis of its interrelationships with processes of “development” and “globalization”. Case studies aiming at familiarizing the students with basic geographical epistemologies and more comprehensive approaches to the tourism phenomenon in its ever changing geographical context.

  • Learning outcomes:

    The objective of this module/ course is the acquisition by the students of a comprehensive, but also as well-rounded and multifaceted as possible, image of the spatial constitution, dynamics and multiple functions of tourism. More specifically, it negotiates the geographical constitution and differentiation of the tourism phenomenon in the variety of its forms and functions at different geographical scales, at selected tourism regions. It aims at a comparative exploration and interpretation of the spatial schemata of this constitution and differentiation, on as synthetic and comprehensive a basis as possible. In terms of competence development, it purports to instill and cultivate geographical ways of thought, analysis and interpretation, as well as to the practice of the students’ critical abilities in matters pertaining to tourism.

  • Prerequisites:

    No prerequisites.

  • Module Contents (Syllabus):
      1. The geographical articulation of the tourism phenomenon through time: economic, social and cultural dimensions.
      2. The significance of the geographical articulation of the study of tourism
      3.  Geographical perspective to the historical evolution of the tourism phenomenon
      4. Spatial characteristics of tourism
      5. The interrelationship of tourism with the geography of “development”
      1. Tourism demand structures and dynamics and patterns of tourism in connection with tourist economic, social and cultural profiles
      2. Countries/ regions of origin and factors of demand. The formulation of travel motives and travel patterns
      3. Tourist product and tourist destinations. Special and alternative forms of travel.  Domestic and foreign tourism
      4. The map of international tourism.  Tourism resources and infrastructures.
      5. Typologies of tourism regions. Island, coastal and urban tourism. Tourism product articulation
      6. Tourism intermediaries (tour, airline, and hotel operators).  Tourism in Europe and in the Mediterranean
      1. Models and theories of spatial tourism development, at various geographical scales
      2. Spatial impacts of tourism at places of destination: economic costs and benefits in contrast to environmental, social and cultural impacts
      3. The relationships between leisure, recreation and tourism. Themes in the geography of leisure
      4. Landscapes of tourism and the consumption of the environment: theoretical perspectives and case studies
  • Recommended Reading:
    Α) Principal References:
    1. Williams, Stephen.  1998—or newest edition. Tourism Geography.  London: Routledge.
    2. Hall, C. M. and S. J. Page.  1999—or newest edition. The Geography of Tourism and Recreation: Environment, Place and Space.  London: Routledge.  Chapters: 1-4, pp. 1-138. 
    3. Williams, Allan and Gareth Shaw.  1998—or newest edition. Tourism and Economic Development, in The New Europe: Economy, Society and Environment, David Pinder, ed.  New York: John Wiley & Sons. 
    4. Williams, Allan.  1997.  Tourism and Uneven Development in the Mediterranean, in The Mediterranean: Environment and Society, Russel King, Lindsay Proudfoot and Bernard Smith, eds.  London: Arnold.
    5. Norton, Andrew.  1996.  Experiencing nature: the reproduction of environmental discourse through safari tourism in East Africa, Geoforum, Vol. 27, No 3, pp. 355-373. 
    6. Terkenli, Theano S.  2000.  Landscapes of tourism: a cultural geographic perspective, in Tourism and the           Environment: Regional, Economic,Cultural  and Policy Issues, 2nd Edition, Helen Briassoulis and Jan Van Der Straaten, eds.  London: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 
    7. Komilis Panagioties.  1986.  Spatial Analysis of Tourism.  Athens: KEPE.  Chapter Ι: pp. 19-43.
    Β) Additional References:
    1. Pearce, Douglas G.  1995.  Tourism Today: A Geographical Analysis, 2nd Edition.  New York:          Longman Scientific & Technical. 
    2. Shaw, Gareth and Allan Williams.  1994.  Critical Issues in Tourism: A Geographical Perspective, 2nd Edition.  Oxford: Blackwell.  Chapters: 1-9 (pp: 1-200).    
    3. Urry, John.  1995.  Consuming Places.  London: Routledge.  Chapters: Part III (8-11), Part IV (12, 14). 
    4. Bond, M. E. and Jerry R. Ladman.  1980.  International tourism: an instrument for Third World          development, in Dialectics of Third World Development, Ingolf Vogeler and Anthony R. de     Souza, eds.  Montclair: Allanheld, Osmun. 
    5. Britton, Robert.  1980.  Shortcomings of Third World Tourism, in Dialectics of Third World Devepment. 
    6. Perez, Louis A. Jr.  1980.  Tourism Underdevelops Tropical Islands, in Dialectics of Third World          Development.
  • Learning activities and Teaching Methods:

    Interactive lectures, guest lectures, discussion, exercises.

  • Assessment/Grading Methods:

    In-class participation (10%), take-home group assignment (50%: 20% oral part-30% written part), final exam (40%).

  • Language of Instruction: Greek
  • Mode of delivery: Face to face
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