Introduction to Tourism

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Tourism

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Main Content:
    ? Conceptualising tourism
    ? History and trends in tourism
    ? Applying theories of world regional geography to tourism
    ? Tourists, mobilities and destinations
    ? Measuring, analysing and understanding the impacts of tourism: economic, social, environmental

    Main Outcomes:
    At the end of this module, students should be able to:
    ? Describe the key geographical concepts that influence tourism studies
    ? Understand tourist motivations to travel
    ? Apply geographical theory to tourism studies
    ? Articulate the role of the tourist, mobility and destinations in tourism studies
    ? Compare the range of potential impacts of tourism on a variety of scales

    Pre-requisites: Geography 111; Geography 121

    Breakdown of Learning Time:
    Contact with lecturer/tutor: 24 hours
    Assignments & tasks: 32 hours
    Assessment: 6 hours
    Self study: 30 hours
    Other: Excursion: 8 hours

    Methods of Student Assessment:
    2 Class tests: 25%
    1 Assignment: 25%
    Examination: 50%

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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