SOCIOLOGY OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM - 2017/8

Module code: SOC3073

Module provider

Sociology

Module Leader

SEAL AP Dr (Sociology)

Number of Credits

15

ECTS Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

L310

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 1500 WORD REFLEXIVE REPORT 40
Coursework 2000 WORD ESSAY 60

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview

This module examines the sociological understanding of travel and tourism. It begins by examining the historical social conditions that gave rise to what we have today come to call mass tourism. Building on the idea that travel and tourism now play a key role in people’s lives, the course examines core concepts in this area; namely ‘the tourist gaze’ and ‘authenticity’. The module applies these concepts, amongst wider theories, to different forms of travel available to people today. Exploring the significance of holiday parks, party islands, backpacking and studying abroad are used as weekly case studies to develop a theoretical understanding of people’s motivations and experiences of tourism.

Module aims

Identify a range of theories that explore motivations for and experiences of travel

To explore different forms of travel (backpacking, party islands, cultural tourism)

Develop skills of critical thinking and applying theoretical understandings to case studies

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Have a critical understanding of a wide range of theoretical perspectives, which seek to explain the origins, nature and workings of travel and tourism KC
002 Understand the way in motivations for travel are linked to social divisions KC
003 Have an understanding of the ways in which travel and tourism industries capitalise on people’s motivations and desires for different types of tourism KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Understanding the social conditions that have expanded opportunties for travel and tourism
Examining motivations for travel
Exploring different modes of travel (e.g. backpacking, gap year travel and studying abroad)
How people expereince being abroad (e.g. mass tourism vs ‘authentic’ travel).
Social Class and Travel
Travel as a lifestyle

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Convey key information to students through the use of interactive lectures, classroom discussions based on preparatory reading and film/TV/internet clips which acts as the focus for activities and discussion. Verbal formative feedback is given throughout.

The learning and teaching methods include:


11 x 2 hour sessions consisting of both lecture and seminar discussion
Weekly reading and seminar preparation
Two Formative essay plans (0%)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:





Learning Outcome


Assessed by




Have a critical understanding of a wide range of theoretical perspectives, which seek to explain the origins, nature and workings of travel and tourism


Formatively through class discussions. Summatively by mid-course reflexive report




Understand the way in motivations for travel are linked to social divisions.


Formatively through class discussions.

Summatively through mid-course reflexive report and essay




Have an understanding of the ways in which travel and tourism industries capitalise on people’s motivations and desires for different types of tourism.


Formatively through class discussions.

Summatively through mid-course reflexive report and essay





 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


1500 Reflexive Report submitted mid-way through the course in which students self-analyse a holiday or travel experience they have had through either the concepts of ‘the tourist gaze’ or ‘authenticity’.
2000 Word Essay submitted at the end of the course in which students demonstrate their understanding of a particular topic through their choice of a theoretical discussion based on reading or through a research project on that topic.


Formative assessment & Feedback

Students are encouraged to undertake preparatory reading for each session and to engage in peer review and feedback during classroom discussion. All questions are then discussed in formative group feedback between lecturer and students.

Students also have the opportunity to produce a formative essay plan prior to submission of each assessment component and to discuss this plan with the lecturer. Classroom time is devoted to discussion and feedback concerning essay and exam techniques.  

Reading list

Reading list for SOCIOLOGY OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/soc3073

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sociology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology with Psychology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.