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Introduction to Tourism

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This course will give the students an introduction to the tourism field.The various aspects of tourism as a phenomenon and as an industry will be presented. Tourism is a major business field of great societal impact. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the many opportunities and challenges related to tourism as a modern and trend-setting industry.

Learning outcome

The course will give the student an introduction to and understanding of tourism as a field of study. Students will acquire introductory knowledge of interdisciplinary courses that help to develop tourism as a practical and theoretical work. Students will gain knowledge of key concepts and themes in tourism. This includes tourism's economic, market and business activities; history, sociology, psychology, geography and culture related to the tourism industry. Relations between tourists and the host population, industry organization, attractions and social responsibility are among the areas students will gain knowledge of.
  • Throughout the course the candidate shall achieve a wide, introductory knowledge in the tourism field and its business areas.
  • This includes a basic understanding of destinations, tourism products, services and experiences that tourism offers.
  • The candidate should be familiar with basic research and development in tourism management, including the history and knowledge of tourism's place in society.

  • After the course the candidate will be able to explain and apply parts of the basis knowledge related to tourism as an industry.
  • This will also enable the student to reflect on their own understanding of tourism as a field of study.
  • The candidate will learn to use basic literature on the subject, and get a fundamental understanding of key activities and challenges.

General competance
  • The candidate will learn about key scientific and ethical challenges in the tourism industry.
  • Furthermore, the course provides an introduction to the project /group work, working with papers and homework assignments as part of the theoretical work.
  • The candidate should be able to convey basic subject material and sources used in today's tourism industry, which also points towards the development of new, innovative tourism packages and a more responsible and sustainable tourism.


Introduction to Tourism provides an interdisciplinary approach to tourism as a phenomenon and industry field:
The candidate will be familiar with the concept of areas and topics related to tourism as a field of knowledge and competence - tourism as an economic activity, marketing, product development and as business. Other key topics include:Travel history, tourism's sociology and the role that tourism plays in modern society. Tourism geography and tourism's psychology, individuals' motivation to travel.Tourism industry and social coporate responsibility and sustainable tourism.The focus will be on tourism as a diverse commercial and community related activity. This applies to internal matters of tourism, such as finance and the market and related external factors that tourism relate to.The many products and services that exist within the tourism industry will be illustrated through examples within attractions, destinations, event arrangements and other aspects of the tourism industry.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FNone permitted

Coursework requirements

Obligatorisk innleveringsoppgave i gruppe
Mandatory assignment must be passed in order to take the exam. Mandatory assignment can be written individually or in groups of maximum 3 students.

Course teacher(s)

Casual teacher
Lukasz Andrzej Derdowski
Course teacher
Marie Christine Lundberg
Course coordinator
Åsa Helen Grahn

Method of work

The course comprise of lectures, group work and discussions of practice issues. In addition, we organize an excursion to a selected tourism business in Rogaland.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Tourism, society and individual (BRL120_1) 10
Introduction to Tourism (FXIRL100_1) 10

Open to

Tourism Management - Bachelor's Degree Programme

Course assessment

The course will comply with the student evaluation procedures established by the University of Stavanger and the Faculty of Social Sciences.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 08.08.2020