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Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Anthropology of travel and tourism B

Course Code:
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Term 2

The course aims to (a) recognise the importance of hospitality to anthropology of travel and tourism (b) explore in some detail the semiotics of tourism related objects (c) demonstrate the significance of museum studies to our understanding of identity (d) examine critically the concept of ‘cultural heritage’ (e) monitor the career of the body in studies of tourism and in anthropology more generally (f) discuss the foundations of an anthropology of pleasure – paying particular attention to the relation between the aesthetic and the erotic (g) consider the anthropology of travel and tourism in terms of a political economy of enchantment.


Introduction to Social Anthropology (151801001)
Anthropology of Travel and Tourism A

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate that they have:

  1. An appreciation of the contributions made by the anthropology of travel and tourism to anthropological studies of symbolism.
  2. An ability to recognise that hospitality is as elementary a social process as gift exchange and to understand the theoretical significance of this.
  3. An ethnographically grounded semiotic agility.
  4. An appreciation of role of the anthropology of travel and tourism in more general social scientific studies of the nature of the aesthetic and erotic.


11 weeks - 1hr lectures and 1hr seminar/tutorials per week

Method of assessment

One unseen written paper - 70%
One essay - 30% (2500 words)