Module code: MAN1108

Module Overview

This module develops the students’ understanding of the roles tourism plays within and for societies. The module gives students an introductory overview of the history and origins of tourism, its contemporary nature, the inequalities that characterise it and the possibilities for social justice through maximising tourism’s positive societal outcomes. On the basis of theoretical concepts drawn from sociology, anthropology, leisure and tourism studies, the module provides students with a more critical awareness of the relationships between tourism and society, supported by international case study examples and opportunities for critical debate.

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader

COHEN Scott (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:
• The Sociology of Tourism
• The Tourism System
• Work, Leisure, Play
• Consuming Tourism
• Mass Tourism and Other Forms
• Hosts and Guests
• Contested Heritage
• Tourism and Development
• Tourism and Social Justice
• Critical Tourism
• The Philosophic Practicioner

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination Exam (2 hours) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their insight into the inter-relationships between tourism and wider society and their ability to critically debate the limitations and challenges in engendering positive social change through tourism.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• A two-part final exam. Part A: Multiple choice; Part B: Seen questions. Choose 2 from choice of 4.

Formative assessment

Students will have an opportunity to assess their progress in this module through multiple choice questions and discussion of sample exam questions prior to the summative assessment.

Module aims

  • The history and origins of tourism and its relationship with society
  • The structures, roles and motivations that characterise contemporary tourism
  • Inequalities in the production and consumption of tourism as based on social structures such as gender, sexual orientation, culture etc.;
  • Strategies and policies that aim to achieve social justice through maximising the positive societal outcomes of tourism

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Develop a critical understanding of how tourism inter-relates with wider society, underpinning this knowledge with appropriate social science concepts CK
002 Critically debate the effects of tourism on different groups in society and the challenge of reducing inequalities in the production and consumption of tourism CKT
003 Apply the theoretical concepts discussed in this module to case study examples and highlight the limitations and challenges in engendering positive social change through tourism CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with an introductory critical understanding of the inter-relationships between tourism and wider society.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Lectures designed to provide a framework of knowledge

• Case study applications to promote critical thinking Lectures and seminars are three hours per week for 11 weeks, and relevant case studies and in-class discussions and presentations are integrated into the lectures.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Tourism Management with Transport BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Tourism Management BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory 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 2019/0 academic year.