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Sociology Tourism 2016/2017

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Both continuous and final Assessment

Objectives

This course intents the students to acquire a theoretical and practical insight into the phenomenon of tourism, in a sociological perspective. Specifically, the contents chosen for the course aim to provide students the following skills:
• To understand the general concepts in sociology, tourism experience and tourism sociology
• To know the concepts of sociology, sociology of tourism and tourist experience;
• To critically analyse the reflections of several authors on the Sociology of Tourism;
• To know some of the practical tools for research in Sociology of Tourism (sample survey, interview, focus group and observation)
• To identify the different types of social interaction that may occur during the tourist experience;
• To understand the social and cultural effects (positive and negative) that tourism may have on tourists and on communities of destinations;
• To know the tourism stereotypes and trends

Recommended Prerequisites

Not applicable

Teaching Metodology

The hours of theoretical and practical contact will be taught through formal expository methods of concepts, theories and models, with subsequent practical application by participating in practical exercises and / or analysis of case studies (mainly through the analysis of scientific papers) and performance of a working group. There will also group sessions in practice during classes.

Body of Work

Theme 1 | Genesis and different approaches of Sociology
Theme 2 | Tourism: Total social phenomenon
Theme 3 | socio-cultural impacts of tourism.
Theme 4 | Stereotypes in Tourism
Theme 5 | Tourism Tomorrow: Where to bet?

Recommended Bibliography

Dann, G. & Parrinello, D. (2009).The Sociology of Tourism - European Origins and Developments. Cap. 1 e 11. Tourism Social Science Series, Volume 12. UK: Emerald.
Eusébio, C., & Carneiro, M. J. A. (2011). Determinants of tourism impact on tourists’ quality of life. International Journal Leisure and Tourism Marketing, 2(4), pp.313-336. (B-On)
Eusébio, C., & Carneiro, M. J. A. (2012). Determinants of tourist-host interactions: an analysis of the university student market. Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism, 13(2), pp.123-151. (B-On)
Giddens, A. (2010). Sociologia, pp.17-33. 8ª edição. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Hall, C.M. & Lew, A. (2009). Understanding and managing tourism impacts: an integrated approach, pp.141-184. London: Routledge.
Minnaert, L. Maitland, R. & Miller, G. (2009). Tourism and Social Policy. The value of Social Tourism, Annals of Tourism Research, 36(2), pp.316-334. (B-On)
Veal, A.J. (2006).Research methods for leisure and tourism.

Complementary Bibliography

Reisinger, Y., & Turner, L. W. (2004).Cross-Cultural Behaviour in Tourism: concepts and Analysis, pp:34-72. Elsevier.
Reisinger, Y. (2009).International Tourism: Cultures and Behavior, pp.119-223. Butterworth-Heinemann.
Reisinger, Y. (2013).Transformational tourism: tourist perspectives, pp.1-35.London: CAB International.
Eusébio, C., & Carneiro, M. J. A. (2011).Determinants of tourism impact on tourists’ quality of life.International Journal Leisure and Tourism Marketing, 2(4), pp. 313-336. (B-On)
Cohen E., (1984).The Sociology of Tourism: Approaches, Issues and Findings, Annals Revue of Sociology,10, p. 373-392.
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Weekly Planning

Week 1-3: Theme 1 - Background and different approaches of Sociology
Theme 1.1 | Definition, Genesis and different approaches of Sociology
Theme 1.2 | Social fact socialization
Theme 1.3 | Production of scientific knowledge in Sociology: Scientific Knowledge and Common Sense
Support for the development of the work group
Week 4-6: Theme 2 | Tourism: Total social phenomenon
Theme 2.1 | The concept of "values" and overall social phenomenon;
Theme 2.2 | Sociology and Social Analysis in Tourism
Theme 2.3 | Tourism and the various fields of knowledge: the model Jafari
Support for the development of the work group
Week 7-9: Track 3 | socio-cultural impacts of tourism.
Item 3.1 | The evolution and consequences of tourism as a socio-cultural complex and changing phenomenon
Item 3.2 | Tourism and different perspectives of analysis: social and cultural exchange; modern ritual experience; practice of differentiated consumption; political and ideological power tool
Item 3.3 | Tourism: Social problems and sociological problems
Support for the development of the work group
Week 10-12: Theme 4 | Stereotypes in Tourism
Item 4.1 | Double tourist appropriation of stereotypes tourists and populations
Support for the development of the work group
Week 13 and 14: Theme 5 | Tour tomorrow: Where to bet?

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The contents were organized in order to achieve the proposed learning objectives. Themes 1, 2 and 3 were considered so that students could achieve the first proposed objective (Knowing the sociology of concepts, tourist experience and sociology of tourism). The first theme will also permit the student to critically analyse the reflections of several authors on the Sociology of Tourism (second goal). The theme 3 will further the student to know some of the practical tools for research in Sociology of Tourism (third goal). The theme 4 will help the student to understand the social interactions that may occur during the tourist experience (fourth goal), while the theme 5 will meet the fifth goal (to understand the social and cultural effects that tourism has on tourists and communities of destinations).

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The formal lecture method of concepts, theories and models, will allow the student to know the fundamental concepts of sociological analysis of tourism. In addition, the analysis and discussion of case studies, as well as practical exercises and group work will allow the student to understand how to apply the exposed concepts.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Commitment to quality  
CreativityYes 
Cultural awarenessYes 
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYes 
Relating to othersYes 
Research skillsYes 
TeamworkYesYes
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversityYes 
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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