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Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Field School in Tourism Development

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2015/2016
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 1 or Year 2
Taught in:
Term 1

Please note that this course involves additional costs paid by the student. The costs includes (flights, accommodation and living.) Costs will vary according to destination.  

  • The field school enables students to experience in situ the theoretical work achieved in Tourism A, in particular that part of it having to do with the political economy and policy implications of tourism development.
  • The background reading will thus consist of the reports discussed in session 8 of Tourism A.
  • Students should note that the availability and destination of the Field School is subject to change in each academic year.
  • Students intending to take this optional module are also reminded that there is a charge to cover the costs of travel.  

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to:

  • Have an understanding of processes of tourism development in the region in which the field school takes place.
  • Critically discuss the policy implications of tourism development as these impact on (a) the state and (b) the localities in which tourism takes place.
  • Devise and present alternative strategies of development in the region and explain their advantages and disadvantages.


The field school will involve 10 days work/travel. Allowing for a day’s travel either side, the core of the course will take place over 8 days. Assuming a minimum of 8 hours engagement per day (3 hours classroom seminar, 7 hour field research) the field school will involve at least 80 hours. In a normal course, taught in a classroom, between 20-30 hours are involved. The field school will thus involve at least twice as much contact time as a normal course.

Method of assessment

One essay - 80% (5000 words)
One class participation - 10%
One practical examination - 10%

Suggested reading

Bibliography refers to examples of engagement by anthropologists and others in tourism development policy/consultancy for national and international agencies. This involves describing the content of the policy/consultancy reports, tracing the political and economic contexts in which they were written and critically reflecting on the role of social anthropologists in such development work.

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina:Tourism Audit, 2004, UK Trade and Industry (UKTI)
  • British Council, 2007 Iran: Towards a tourism strategy, British Council
  • British Council, 2008, Cetinje, Montenegro: A tourism strategy, British Council
  • European Commission, ECOMOST Report (Mallorca and Rhodes) EC and International Federation of Tour Operators (IFTO)
  • Karkut, J. and T. Selwyn, 2007, “The Politics of Institution Building and European Co-operation: Reflections on an EC TEMPUS project in tourism and culture in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, Burns, P. and M. Novelli (eds), 2007, Tourism and Politics, Amsterdam/London, Elsevier.  
  • Selwyn, T(with P. Burns) 1995, A Tourism Strategy for Palestine, UNDP and UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
  • Selwyn, T. (with graduates of EC’s TEMPUS Programme), 2002, Bosnia-Herzegovina: A tourism strategy, European Commission TEMPUS programme