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Host - Guest Encounters

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Host - Guest Encounters is a third-year course in the bachelor program in tourism management. The course offers insights into the many and evolving relations between tourists and other agents involved in the field of tourism. The course will allow the students to discuss the many relationships that are developing within the tourism industry viewed in a social and cultural context.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course, the candidate shall have the following knowledge, skills and general competence:
  • The candidate will have broad knowledge of central topics, theory, research tools, and methods relating to host-guest encounters in tourism
  • The candidate will know about research into forms and variations of host-guest encounters
  • The candidate will have updated knowledge of the performance of host-guest encounters
  • The candidate will have knowledge of responsible and sustainable host-guest relations in tourism
  • The candidate will have knowledge of the scholarly history of host-guest encounters and its significance for tourism management

  • The candidate will be able to employ knowledge of host-guest encounters in tourism management
  • The candidate will be able to reflect on host-guest encounters and service relations
  • The candidate will be able to find, evaluate and refer to scholarly information relating to host-guest encounters
  • The candidate will master relevant scholarly tools, techniques and expressions relating to host-guest encounters
  • The candidate will be inspired to work with people in tourism settings

  • The candidate will have insight into relevant scholarly and professional ethical issues relating to host-guest encounters
  • The candidate will be able to plan and implement varied task and projects over time, individually and in groups, on matters dealing with host-guest enocunters, according to ethical guide lines
  • The candidate can exchange views and experiences with other practitioners in the field relating to host-guest encounters
  • The candidate will have knowledge of innovations and developments in the field, and have an up-to-date and interactive view of human relations in tourism


Tourism is concerned with people traveling and with human relations, covering the many activities and expectations of tourists. This course takes a closer look at the significance of roles and relations in tourism, about understanding visitors, hosts and employees in tourism enterprises and at destinations.
The role as guest or tourist is a complex phenomenon that can be understood in different ways, such as in mass tourism and individually based travel. At the same time roles can be misunderstood in ways that lead to stereotypes and prejudice among both tourists and hosts. In a similar manner the roles of hosts and service workers can be implemented in different ways, where there also is a risk of misunderstanding and a breach of integrity. Here empowerment is a key word for managing role solutions. This calls for responsible leadership, and entails that the tourism industry must take the needs of individuals seriously.
Tourists, host populations and tourism practitioners engage in social contexts that need to be examined. This concerns such issues as cultural and social understanding, experience offers and the adaptation of experiences to visitors. The participation of people in tourism contexts will be examined along with their relationships and treatment. This includes issues such as responsible hosting, sustainability and innovation in the implementation of visitor services. The course will make a holistic and reflective contribution to the understanding of host-guest relations in tourism.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

Completed first or second year bachelor studies in tourism management are recommended.


Written home exam and written school exam
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written home exam3/54 weeksA - F
Written school exam2/53 hoursA - F
Evaluation will take the form of a home exam lasting 4 weeks (graded A-F) counting 60% of the final grade. All written aids allowed. Written school exam lasting 3 hours (graded A-F) counting 40% of the final grade. No forms of aids will be allowed for the school exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Leif Selstad

Method of work

Course work forms will include lectures, seminars, and other relevant teaching methods. A student excursion to a tourism business or institution will be a part of the course.

Course assessment

Student evaluation will be based on the relevant practices instituted at the University of Stavanger.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 03.08.2020