TM9534 - Tourism, Events and Society

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What will I learn on this module?

Tourism and events are important social and cultural practices in our transnational times with significant impacts on local communities and the wider environment. In this module you will develop a critical understanding of the multiple connections and entanglements of tourism and events with society, culture and the environment. This is a module that takes fun, play and celebration seriously, placing them at heart of modern life rather than as a peripheral feature added on after.

You will develop a critical understanding of key debates in the Social Sciences concerning the modern tourist, ritualization, cultural encounters and the changing relations with the natural environment. Among others, you will gain familiarity with notions of host and guest, tourism consumption, embodiment and gender, responsible tourism and sustainability.

You will explore these debates within the context of the region, thus establishing connections between the global and the local. To support your assignment you will also learn about qualitative methodologies. You will be encouraged to examine the ethical nature of tourism encounters and to develop a more responsible approach to tourism and events.

With this module you will develop interpersonal communication skills both written and oral. In particular you will learn to develop a sustained reasoned argument where you research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving questions.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars and independent learning. The two hour weekly lectures will provide you with a theoretical underpinning of the module content, relating theory to practice through an extensive use of case studies. The one hour weekly seminar will give you the opportunity to apply the module content to contemporary contexts and to develop further research into the topic.

The module will include a range of student-led activities, local visits and guest speakers, which will help you to appreciate the extent of tourism industry and its impacts, both regionally as well as internationally. Through these activities you will be equipped with skills of intellectual autonomy, collaborative working and critical and independent inquiry skills. Self- directed inquiry, autonomy and authenticity are key to your learning in this module

Your directed study will support the work you undertake in the contact sessions. You will be expected to keep up-to-date with recommended readings and workshop activities. The self-directed study will be directly linked to assignment, where you will learn by doing. The assignment requires you to undertake research and inquiry within the context of the region, thus encouraging a deeper engagement with the topic that you study.

Independent learning time is set aside for learning activities, self-identified by you, to gain a deeper and broader knowledge of the subject. You may complete the review exercises, work with the electronic support tools (such as quizzes and recordings of IT applications), and attempt to complete past assignments or undertake further reading.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided to you by a member of academic staff leading the module and providing the lecture input. Other members of staff will contribute to the teaching of the module based on their subject expertise. The activities of the teacher and the learner will be aligned towards the co-creation of knowledge. You will take responsibility for your own learning through active and self-directed learning activities that are supported by academic staff.

Your module is supported by an e-learning portal, which houses lecture materials, seminar exercise, alongside assessment details and various support facilities such as recordings of certain lectures and IT applications, alongside other electronic support facilities such as indicated above.

You will be provided with a wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises of academic reports, books sections and journal articles. The readings have been carefully selected to help you better understand the main concepts and ideas in tourism and events.

The module assessment will be based on a 3000 word written assignment. Your assignments will look at a contemporary issue of your choice. You will require research and application skills as well as an understanding of theoretical issues and concepts. A series of seminar activities will support the writing of the assignment. . All the necessary information for the assessment will be available to the e-learning portal. Specific time will be allocated in class to support the assessment.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the main social science paradigms, theories, concepts and ideas in tourism and events. (MLO1)
• A critical understanding of the complex relations between tourism, society & environment and the issues surrounding responsible tourism and events management. (MLO2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• An ability to contextualise relevant concepts and theories for the analysis of contemporary issues within tourism and events. (MLO3)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will develop a responsible approach to learning that is underpinned by ethical values. (MLO4)

How will I be assessed?

The module assessment includes one assignment only, an essay counting for an 100% of the final mark (MLO 1,2,3 and 4)

You are asked to write 3000 words essay applying Social science theories to the understanding of a contemporary issue of your choice.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This is a module that takes fun, play and celebration seriously, placing them at heart of modern life rather than as a peripheral feature added on after. Tourism and events are important social and cultural practices in our transnational times with significant impacts on local communities and the environment. In Tourism, Events and Society you will develop a critical understanding of the multiple connections and entanglements of tourism and events with society, culture and the environment. You will be encouraged to examine the ethical nature of tourism encounters and to develop a more responsible approach to tourism and events. You will gain familiarity with key debates concerning the modern tourist, ritualization, cultural encounters and the changing relations with the natural environment. You will explore these debates within the context of the region, thus establishing connections between the global and the local.

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Course info

UCAS Code N800

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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