Module Identifier GG35420  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Luke C Desforges  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 10 x 2 hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 / 4 x 1 hour seminar / group work  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written examination.50%
Semester Assessment Essay: One essay of no more than 2,600 words. Essay to be submitted by beginning of week 7. Late submissions subject to a departmental penalty of 5% points per day. Both elements to be completed to obtain a pass; mark based on the aggregate performance.45%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Contribution to Email discussion group  5%
Supplementary Assessment Resit: For a condoned (medical grounds) non-completion of examination or coursework involves the completion of the missing component(s) for the full range of marks on dates set in the Supplementary Examination period. Resit due to aggregate failure or non-completion of part of the assessment requires re-examination of each component if marks of <40% in all were obtained, or re-examination or re-submission of the failed component (examination or assignment(s) to obtain a maximum mark of 40% for the module). 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to :-


The course aims to examine fully the role of tourism in the constitution of the lives and landscape of those living, working and passing through the tourist spaces of the modern world.


This course explores the role played by tourism in the modern world. It draws on recent developments in cultural, economic and tourism geography, as well as other disciplines such as anthropology and sociology, to understand the power of tourism in the socio-economic constitution of the lives and landscapes of people throughout the world.


1. Developing a cultural-economic approach to tourism
Understanding and exploring the relationships between culture and economy.

2. The politics of tourism
Identifying the problems and potential of tourism in the lives and landscapes of those living and working in tourist destinations. Exploring the possible interventions that can be made in the sphere of tourism, ranging from local resistance to state policy.

3. Consuming places
Accounting for the development of tourism as a way of relating to place. Understanding the desires, representational practices and embodied performances of tourists.

4. The production of tourism
Culture as a product: understanding the consequences of the growth of tourism, as a major service industry, for the world of work, its economies and its practices.

5. Case studies
Understanding tourism, its problems and its potential through the development of case studies that reflect the global nature of the industry: from the exotically far flung to tourism in Wales.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Harrison, D (1995) Tourism and the Less Developed Countries Chichester. Wiley. (Provides a taster of some of the case studies used on the course).
MacCannell, D (1992) Empty Meeting Grounds: The Tourist Papers. London: Routledge. (Whilst many of the chapters in this collection are difficult, you might like to think about the issues raised by the short chapters 'The Locke Case' and 'Nature Incorporated').
Urry, J (1990) The Tourist Gaze: Leisure and Travel in Contemporary Societies London: Sage. (A key text that is well worth buying, and provides a useful rough guide to the course).


This module is at CQFW Level 6