SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Directed Practical Study in the Anthropology of Tourism

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2019/2020
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 1 or Year 2
Taught in:
Full Year

Please note that this module is open only by prior arrangement to initial applicants for the MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism 2018/19.

Students taking this module identify an institution, organisation or enterprise in which to work as an intern. The module is designed to afford students the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience in an area closely related to their field of study and to situate such practical experience squarely within the literature of the anthropology of tourism, providing the opportunity for guided reflection on the relationship between theory and practice. In some cases, the module may yield preliminary ethnographic material for the MA dissertation. 


  • This module is open only to students enroled on the MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism and is capped at 5 places.
  • This is an internship placement that requires advance arrangements. Prospective students are advised to contact the convenor well before the term begins.
  • Students enrol via the online Module Sign-Up system.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse practical experience gained in a field of work related to their programme of study
  • Synthetise theoretical and practical forms of knowledge through: 

     - Applying theoretical ideas learned on their course of study to practical applications; and

     - Grounding theoretical principals in a practical context
  • Recognise and interpret day-to-day experiences as ethnographic data
  • Identify potential career paths beyond their programme of study


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